Introducing the Global Search for Sustainable Schools!

The Global Search for Sustainable Schools is an exciting new project being run under the Sustainable Lifestyles and Education (SLE) Programme, part of the One Planet Network for the implementation of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (10YFP). Nine countries across the world are coming together to run national competitions that will ask students to submit plans for making their schools sustainable. The winning schools will be given grants to implement their ideas from the beginning of 2020, turning their dreams into reality with the support of experts from their country and around the world.

Which countries are involved?

The nine countries are Brazil, Cambodia, Kyrgyz Republic, Namibia, Philippines, South Africa, Suriname, Uganda, and Viet Nam. They have been split into three regions – Africa, Asia Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

How are the schools selected?

The selection criteria differs from country to country, but the global criteria on which they are based can be found in our global criteria page.

How can I get involved?

If you are in one of the implementing countries, details of the national competition can be found on the country pages. If you are not in one of the countries, but would like the Search to be expanded to your country in future years, please show your support by liking our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages and signing up for our newsletter.

What are the One Planet Network and the Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Programme?

The 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production patterns (10YFP) is a global framework of action to enhance international cooperation to accelerate the shift towards sustainable consumption and production (SCP) in both developed and developing countries. The One Planet Network was the partnership formed to implement the commitment of the 10YFP.

At the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in 2012, Heads of State adopted the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (10YFP), a global framework for action to accelerate the shift towards SCP in both developed and developing countries.

The 10YFP generates collective impact through multi-stakeholder programmes and partnerships, which develop, replicate and scale up SCP policies and initiatives at all levels. The 10YFP also fosters knowledge and experience sharing, and facilitates access to technical and financial resources for developing countries. UNEP serves as the 10YFP Secretariat.  For further information on the 10YFP and One Planet Network as a whole, please click on this link.

This project is under the Sustainable Lifestyles and Education (SLE) programme, one of the programmes of the 10YFP.   It aims to foster the uptake of sustainable lifestyles as the common norm, with the objective of ensuring their positive contribution to addressing global challenges, such as resource efficiency and biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, poverty eradication and social well-being. This will be done through multidisciplinary research and multi-stakeholder cooperation, through the promotion of participative and bottom-up approaches, innovative policies, economic instruments and technologies, awareness-raising, as well as through all forms of education.

The SLE programme is co-led by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan and the Government of Sweden represented by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI).  A Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee (MAC) oversees the programme’s coordination and implementation.  Further details on the programme can be found at this link.

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