NGO Committee on Education

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NGO Committee on Education

The NGO Committee on Education is a substantive committee of CONGO - the Conference Of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations [1]. The Committee has made a commitment to supporting the United Nations Decade on Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) as well as related decades, and is developing a set of web sites to this end, based on appreciation of a networked information economy.

United Nations Decade on Education for Sustainable Development

Launched in April 2005, the United Nations Decade on Education for Sustainable Development [2] presents an extensive and vital challenge. The forty-one chapters of Agenda 21 [3] - the landmark agreement reached at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro - together with references to education in Agenda 21 [4] offer an indication of the scope that a comprehensive curriculum needs to cover.

International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World

United Nations documents

An initial element of the web site for the NGO Committee on Education consists of the compilation of key United Nations documents relating to sustainable development, peace, education, human rights, etc. To date over 500 documents - global conference agreements, General Assembly resolutions, conventions, declarations, conventions and treties - have been gathered in a full text database format at - in many cases requiring OCR conversion of scanned pdf files downloaded from the UN Official Document System [5] and elsewhere - and with the addition of hyperlinks to references cited in the documents.

Prospective Collaboration with other NGO Committees

Given the far-reaching scope of education for sustainable development, the NGO Committee on Education is actively exploring opportunities for collaboration with other of the substantive committees of CONGO - there are twenty-one Committees in New York, ten in Geneva and seven in Vienna - with the goal of tapping into the wealth of knowledge within the UN NGO community on a broad range of issues relating to education for sustainable development.

NGO Committee on Sustainable Development

NGO Committee on the International Decade of the World's Indigenous People

NGO Committee on the Status of Women

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