UN sustainability centre launches

A new centre of expertise specialising in sustainable development education is to be opened at the University.

Learning for Sustainability Scotland (LfS Scotland) will be headquartered in Edinburgh as Scotland’s only United Nations Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development.

The centre will be officially opened at a reception on 19 November in the Playfair Library.

Those attending the event include Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages, Professor Charles Hopkins, UNESCO Chair of Education for Sustainable Development, and the University’s Principal Sir Timothy O'Shea.

Harnessing potential

LfS Scotland aims to enhance sustainability through education at both a local and national level.

Its objectives are to ensure that education in Scotland encourages all learners to value the natural environment and ensure Scotland’s economy contributes to sustaining our planet’s ecosystem.

There are more than 115 UN regional centres of expertise around the world, which together form a global network.

Decade of Education

The regional centres were initiated as part of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD,).

The UN Decade of ESD initiative began in 2005, with the aims of promoting critical thinking, imagining future scenarios and decision-making on sustainable issues.

Sustainability network

LfS Scotland has a network of over 200 members in place, who will undertake collaborative research and encourage Education for Sustainable Development practice and policy.

Global leader

Those taking part in LfS Scotland hope it will be an important step in maintaining the country’s leading position in sustainable development education.

In addition, they will seek to ensure education plays a role in Scotland’s ambition to become a low-carbon, equitable society.