• Submitted by: Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI)
  • Primary SD area: Education
  • Keywords: education
  • Location: Joensuu, Finland
  • Date of completion: 1 Jan 2000
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Deliverables & Resources
Higher Education Sustainability Initiative - University of Eastern Finland

Organization(s) making commitment

University of Eastern Finland

Achievement of Commitment

As a partner university of the United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP, since 2003, the University of Eastern Finland is committed to implement the goals set by the United Nations. Among the annual activities conducted jointly by the University of Eastern Finland and UNEP, with the support of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and the Ministry of the Environment of Finland, is the annual UEF ľUNEP Course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements.

How this will be achieved

Studies on development policy have highlighted the necessity to once again assess the Rio consensus on sustainability as expressed in Agenda 21 and to also take into consideration the ethical challenges of sustainability to the academic society. The concept of sustainability should be re-evaluated from an intercultural perspective. This would be of importance for people and societies of different cultural backgrounds. The concept of sustainability, as expressed in writings and teachings, should be understood in a broad perspective. Ethical sustainability should be seen as a precondition for the implementation of the four attributes of sustainable development: ecological, economical, social and cultural. It is important to note that cultural sustainability is not the same as ethical sustainability although these two concepts correlate with each other.

Deliverable Date
UNEP Course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements 2015

Resources devoted to delivery
Type Details
Staff / Technical expertise Expertise of students and staff concerning sustainable development
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