Swedish International Centre of Education for Sustainable Development (SWEDESD)

SWEDESD is a well-established research and development environment that works for Agenda 2030 and within the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). As one of the worlds' largest ESD center, our vision is to be a strategic international and national competence center for the knowledge, learning and education for sustainable development.

SWEDESD offers reflexive tools for ESD implementation and scaling. We run integrated collaborative research and development projects in Sweden and abroad. Within SWEDESD Academy we arrange high-level panels, research seminars and conferences, workshops and forums for practitioners, research circles and various venues for dialogue and collaboration. SWEDESD Academy also offers training courses, among others, for active teachers in schools and at universities, as well as for teacher educators, policy makers and project leaders dealing with wicked problems.

Our goal is to initiate and support organisational and institutional Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) capacity building policy development and research/knowledge development for enhanced welfare and social equity within planetary boundaries.

As the government's national focal point of GAP, SWEDESD works with ESD policy and the development of policy documents and curricula. Furthermore, SWEDESD focuses on learning environments, building teachers’ and trainers’ capacity as well as establishing synergy in learning for sustainable development, both on a regional and national level. The work focuses on the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 4, stipulating Quality Education, which in itself also makes substantial contributions to the fulfillment of all 17 SDGs. As UNESCO Key Partner and Chair for Action Area 3 within GAP, SWEDESD coordinates capacity building of teachers and trainers worldwide.

SWEDESD is a research center at the Faculty of Social Sciences.