UNESCO/UNEP International Environmental Education Programme (IEEP)

UNESCO-PNUE Programme international d'éducation relative à l'environnement (PIEE)

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1975, as a United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) project, in response to Recommendation 96 of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, 1972, Stockholm (Sweden). Also referred to as International Environmental Education Programme -- Programme international d'éducation relative à l'environnement. No recent activity reported since 1995.


Foster clear awareness of, and concern about, economic, social, political and ecological interdependence in urban and rural areas; provide every person with opportunities to acquire the knowledge, values, attitudes, commitments and skills needed to protect and improve the environment; create new patterns of behaviour of individuals, groups and society as a whole towards the environment; facilitate the development of environmental education for sustainable development by linking institutions and specialists in a network and processing and disseminating information.

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Three initial phases have included: (1) 1975-1977 - Development of a general awareness of the necessity of environmental education. Specific actions included a series of international and regional meetings and the setting up of an international newsletter 'Connect'. Development of general awareness continues to be a principal concern. (2) 1978-1980 - Development of concepts and methodological approaches. A series of studies and pilot projects was initiated, stressing an interdisciplinary approach. Organization of Intergovernmental Conference on Environmental Education, 1977, Tbilisi. (3) 1981-1983 - Efforts to incorporate an environmental dimension into educational processes of UNESCO Member States. Organization of International Congress on Environmental Education and Training, 1987, Moscow (Russia), endorsing the International Strategy for Action in the Field of Environmental Education and Training for the 1990s. Currently, emphasis is on: development of content, methods and materials; teacher training; promotion of international cooperation among Member States. So far over 150 countries have been involved in IEEP activities, including more than 250,000 pupils and about 12,000 teachers, from over 1,700 schools and 130 training schools and research centres. Over 60 of these countries now include environmental education throughout school curricula. Future activities are intended to: improve understanding of the principles governing the operation of ecosystems and the relationship between societies and nature; heighten awareness of the cause of environmental problems and their impact on individuals, societies and the international community; further behaviour contributing to protection of the environment and improving its quality; encourage development of in-school and out-of-school education in national policies, plans and programmes to preserve and ameliorate the environment; incorporate this in higher education and intermediate technical and vocational training programmes; execute the recommendations of the UNCED in Agenda 21 concerning environmental education for sustainable development.

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Subjects *

  • Geography
    • Ecology
  • Amenities
    • Rural
    • Urban
  • Societal Problems
    • Dependence
  • Education
    • Education
  • Psychology
    • Behaviour
  • Environment
    • Environment
  • Culture
    • UNESCO Bodies
  • Development
    • Sustainable Development
  • Design
    • Patterns

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on Land



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25. Aug 1995
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** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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