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Lead Agency

UNESCO’s Global Leadership and Co-ordination Role for the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005–2014)

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Martin Gerner

In the future, advocacy in the field of International Relations will increase in importance. Mandates pertaining to particular issues have therefore been announced and officially assigned. In analysing the normative framework of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005–2014) the prominent and novel concept of lead agency is introduced, applied and comprehensively discussed. The major characteristics and implications of this concept are illustrated in the context of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its mandate for global leadership and co-ordination. This publication contributes to the theory and practice of organizational leadership performance by proposing viable criteria for assessing achievements and challenges. The interdisciplinary approach adopted meets the needs of both practitioners in the field of education for sustainable development and scholars dealing with regime theory and new institutionalism.

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IX Implementation practices......................................................................................................................... 255 1 Principles of implementation........................................................................................................ 256 1.1 Regional strategies ............................................................................................................ 257 1.2 Synergy effects.................................................................................................................. 258 1.2.1 Programmes ........................................................................................................... 259 1.2.2 Platforms................................................................................................................ 265 1.2.3 Communities .......................................................................................................... 267 1.3 Bottom-up ......................................................................................................................... 268 1.4 Participatory ...................................................................................................................... 268 1.5 Multi-sphere ...................................................................................................................... 269 1.6 Multi-level......................................................................................................................... 270 1.7 Cross-cutting ..................................................................................................................... 271 1.8 Evidence-based ................................................................................................................. 274 1.9 Innovative.......................................................................................................................... 275 1.10 Summary ........................................................................................................................... 276 2 UNESCO’s contributions ............................................................................................................. 276 2.1 Functions ........................................................................................................................... 277 2.2 Domains ............................................................................................................................ 278 2.2.1 Promoting and improving basic education............................................................. 279 2.2.2 Re-orienting existing education programmes ........................................................ 280 2.2.3 Developing public awareness of sustainability ...................................................... 282 2.2.4 Training.................................................................................................................. 287 2.3 Summary ........................................................................................................................... 288 3 International Implementation Scheme.......................................................................................... 289 3.1 Objectives.......................................................................................................................... 291 3.2 Drafting history ................................................................................................................. 291 3.3 Framework ........................................................................................................................ 301 3.4 International Implementation Scheme............................................................................... 307 3.4.1 Introduction............................................................................................................ 308 3.4.2 Section I: Education for Sustainable Development................................................ 309 3.4.3 Section II: Stakeholders and Strategies.................................................................. 310 3.4.4 Section III: Implementation and Evaluation .......................................................... 313 3.4.5 Section IV: Programming the Decade.................................................................... 329 3.4.6 Launch ................................................................................................................... 332 3.5 Summary ........................................................................................................................... 339 4 UNESCO Action plan .................................................................................................................. 340 4.1 Objectives.......................................................................................................................... 340 4.2 Drafting history ................................................................................................................. 341 4.3 Characteristics ................................................................................................................... 344 4.4 Illustration ......................................................................................................................... 356 4.5 Summary ........................................................................................................................... 358 5 Monitoring.................................................................................................................................... 358 5.1 Drafting history ................................................................................................................. 359 5.2 Indicators........................................................................................................................... 361 5.3 Reporting........................................................................................................................... 373 5.4 Evaluation ......................................................................................................................... 377 5.5 Summary ........................................................................................................................... 380 6 Regional implementation.............................................................................................................. 382 6.1 Introduction ....................................................................................................................... 382 6.2 Specifics ............................................................................................................................ 383 6.3 Close-up ............................................................................................................................ 395 6.4 Europe and North America................................................................................................ 396 6.4.1 Drafting history...................................................................................................... 397 6.4.2 Contents ................................................................................................................. 409 6.4.3 Indicators................................................................................................................ 429 6.4.4 Reporting ............................................................................................................... 431 256 IX – Implementation practices 6.4.5 Summary ................................................................................................................ 433 6.5 Latin America.................................................................................................................... 435 6.5.1 Regional context .................................................................................................... 439 6.5.2 Contents ................................................................................................................. 448 6.5.3 Fieldwork experiences ........................................................................................... 456 6.5.4 Results.................................................................................................................... 457 6.5.5 Issues...................................................................................................................... 467 6.5.6 Achievements......................................................................................................... 473 6.5.7 Challenges.............................................................................................................. 473...

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