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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)


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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A posteriori Latin expression meaning posterior to and depending on experience or empirical evidence. A priori Latin expression meaning prior to and non-depending of experience. Accountability Responsibility explicitly on demand for taken deci- sions and expected actions. Ad hoc Latin expression applied to spontaneously designed for specific problems or tasks that are not universally ap- plicable and therefore usually not adaptable to other purposes. Added value Attributed to finance, describing extra competitive edges through features of specific items of interest while deviating from standard expectations through providing an excess of something without adding addi- tional costs. African Union (AU) International organisation established in 2000 / 2002 and founded as the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in 1963 to promote co-operation among the independent nations of Africa. Agenda 21 Action plan to the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Assessment Process of well-balanced opinion-making and judge- ment about something or somebody (evaluation). Assignment Task, mission or particular piece of work attributed to somebody. Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) International geo-political and economic organisation located in Southeast Asia. Formed in 1967, its aims encompass reconciling accelerated economic growth with social progress and cultural development among its members, protecting peace and stability within the region, and providing participatory platform opportu- nities for member countries. Belgrade Declaration Ministerial declaration adopted in 2007 urging UN- ECE countries to further strengthen efforts for the im- plementation of the UNECE Strategy for ESD at all levels by...

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