Thursday, September 15, 2005

Gibraltarian to lead a United Nations group on sustainable development

Gibraltarian Professor Daniella Tilbury will head UN Team into Education for Sustainable DevelopmentGibraltarian, Professor Daniella Tilbury has been asked to lead a team of experts from across the globe as part of a UN programme to promote awareness of sustainable development.

This group will develop a tool for assessing progress during the decade being set aside. Ms Tilbury will be working with UN agencies as well as UNESCO National Commissions and representatives from global institutions such as IUCN to achieve this.

To monitor progress during the decade, a set of indicators will be developed by the group.

Ms Tilbury is the Director of the Australian Research Institute in Education for Sustainable Development (ARIES), a multi-million dollar research institute funded by the Australian Government.

Ms Tilbury was born and educated in Gibraltar.

The United Nations has a practice of designating International Decades to draw attention to major issues and to encourage international action on questions of global importance began in 1985.
“With the world facing a multitude of environmental problems and challenges including over-consumption, biodiversity loss, food and water shortages, inefficient use of energy, pollution, global warming and climate change it seems timely to have a decade in which the global community will focus on education for sustainable development, said a UN spokesman.

The years 2005-2014 have been declared as the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. This UN Decade is intended to provide a platform for people from all walks of life to share experiences and learn what sustainable development means for their lives.

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