The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to achieve peace through international cooperation in education, science and culture.
Its response to climate change includes education as part of the ESD roadmap for 2030.
A category 2 center under the auspices of UNESCO
In 2019, the General Assembly of UNESCO decided, under the proposal of the French Government, to establish the Office for Climate Education as a category 2 center under the auspices of UNESCO. This status was formalized in 2020 by a partnership agreement between UNESCO and the French Ministry of Education.
Although independent from UNESCO, category 2 institutes and centers are privileged partners. They form a global network of institutions of excellence that contribute, through their expertise, to the implementation of UNESCO's priorities and programmes, through international and regional cooperation, research, knowledge production, policy advice and capacity building.
This institutionalization provides recognition of OCE's scientific and pedagogical expertise and strengthens its role in supporting public policies, particularly in emerging countries.
Co-coordinator of Greening Education Partnership Pillar 2 - Greening Curriculum
The Office for Climate Education holds a crucial role within UNESCO's Greening Education Partnership, an open and inclusive community of practice of Member States, organizations and institutions for promoting, implementing and enabling getting every learner climate-ready.
As the co-coordinator of Pillar 2, OCE's objective is to ensure that climate change education (CCE) is delivered through high-quality, pertinent educational content and pedagogical approaches. To achieve this, the OCE facilitates global collaboration to enhance teaching and learning practices spanning all educational levels, from pre-primary to tertiary education and TVET curricula. This comprehensive initiative encompasses three key action levels: building networks and sharing best practices, setting quality standards and norms, and delivering capacity-building programs through operational projects in Member States.
The overarching ambition is to significantly increase the number of countries incorporating CCE into their school curricula, with the goal of reaching 100% coverage by 2030. This strategic endeavor is rooted in evidence-based practices and guided by extensive research, underscoring the commitment of OCE and its partners to advancing climate change education worldwide.
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