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Sustainable Development

The goal of sustainable development is to enable all people throughout the world to satisfy their basic needs and enjoy a better quality of life without compromising the quality of life of future generations.

The Scottish Government has as its overall purpose to focus government and public services on creating a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth.

Sustainable Development News

In December 2012, the United Nations University (UNU) confirmed that the University of Edinburgh-led bid for a UN Regional Centre of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development to be established in Scotland had been successful.

Regional Centres of Expertise (RCEs) have been identified as a mechanism to encourage development and strengthening of sustainable development education practice across a defined region. Recognised through the UNU, an RCE is a network of formal, non-formal and informal education organisations, mobilised to deliver sustainable development education to local and regional communities. The RCE is a non-prescribed model, enabling a region to self-define and shape their RCE based on their needs. Scotland's RCE will be known as Learning for Sustainability Scotland.