In December 2002 World Summit UN General Assembly put in place a UNDESD (United Nations Education for Sustainable Development) from 2005-2014. UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) accepted the task to lead the decade and developed the International Implementation Scheme - the broad framework for all partners to contribute to the decade.
UNESCO said: "Education at all levels can shape the world of tomorrow".
In 1992 Rio Earth Summit Agenda 21, an action plan called Blueprint for Sustainable Development was made under the leadership of Brundtland the Prime Minister of Norway. Here, education and training was promoted. Teachers and youth are called to act the major role which is spreading the information about environmental education to communities both formal or non-formal education.
"The biggest challenge was to take the idea that seems abstract - sustainable development - and turn it into a reality for all people of the world", Kofi, Annan, UN Secretary General, 2001.
Philippines like all other nations took its initiative to implement UNDESD and created the EE (Environmental Education) Curriculum although EE has been going on in the Philippines for decades already.
Our task is to respond to the call of the World Commission in Education and Development to spread the concept of Sustainable Development (SD) and the role of both education and cooperation to attain the goal of UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development .
The goal is to integrate the values inherent in SD into all aspects of learning to encourage changes in behavior that allow for a more sustainable and just society for all.
How should we act today in order to address and ensure that sound environmental program like ESD EE (Education for Sustainable Development Environmental Education) Curriculum is implemented?
If cooperation can enhance sustainable development, how should we promote Environmental Education to ignite maximum participation from all sectors both public and private particularly the LGU (Local Government Unit), NGO (Non-governmental Organization), Women's group, Farmer's group, Indigenous People's group, and at the same time trigger them into a concerted effort from the "grassroots" towards the next decades action without waiting for disasters to come.