Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Sustainability Declarations, Effectiveness

  • Katarzyna CichosEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_487


An official, public, usually written, not binding statement or document of intent sign by states, international organizations or other stakeholders (including universities) responsible for the education sector, to implement sustainable development through education and curricula, research, campus operations and organizational change management and its ability to be successful and produce the intended results.


According to the definition used in the United Nations Brundtland Report (1987), sustainable development is defined as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” This concept is based on three “pillars” of sustainability, the economic, social, and environmental factors, which are interconnected, overlapping, and interdependent. At the Stockholm Conference in 1972 (UNEP 1972), education’s role in fostering environmental protection was formally recognized. Since then,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in WarsawWarsawPoland

Section editors and affiliations

  • Rudi Pretorius
    • 1
  1. 1.University of South AfricaPretoriaSouth Africa