Copernicus Alliance Conference

October 3, 2014

Prague, Czech Republic

Conference venue and context

13-04-06-praha-by-RalfR-100Venue location

Charles University in Prague - Karolinum

Ovocný trh 3-5, 116 36 Prague 1

Czech Republic

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Charles University in Prague is one of the oldest universities in the world (founded in 1348). It is a member of the COPERNICUS Alliance and a core partner of the University Educators for Sustainable Development (UE4SD) project. Currently, it has over 53,000 students - roughly a sixth of all students in the Czech Republic – enrolled in more than 300 accredited degree programmes. The Conference will take place at a historic University venue - the university rectorate building in the ancient Prague city centre.


COPERNICUS Alliance - Over 20 years of experience and commitment

COPERNICUS Alliance (CA) is a European network of universities and colleges committed to transformational learning and change for sustainable development. Working in partnership with strategic stakeholders, the Alliance seeks to inform higher education policy developments, international initiatives (such as the Global Action Programme for ESD and UNECE ESD Competences), as well as support individual institutions in their efforts to lead change for sustainability.
The Alliance is:

  • Host of the CRE COPERNICUS Charta launched in 1993 and signed by 326 European universities and COPERNICUS Charta 2.0 launched at the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI) Conference 2011.
  • Lead organisation for the Rio+20 Treaty on Higher Education presented in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012 and signed by over 80 international higher education organisations.
  • Coordinator of the recently awarded ERASMUS Academic Network UE4SD.

Find out more at:

Global Action Programme on ESD

The Global Action Programme on ESD is the follow-up initiative after the DESD and seeks to generate and scale-up ESD action. Led by UNESCO, it is intended to make a substantial contribution to the post-2015 agenda. The overall goal of the GAP is to generate and scale up action in all levels and areas of education and learning to accelerate progress towards sustainable development. The Action Programme will be launched at the 2014 UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), which will take place from 10-12 November 2014 in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan.
For further information, please visit the UNESCO ESD website:

Rio+20 Treaty in Higher Education

The Rio+20 Treaty on Higher Education is an international initiative coordinated by the COPERNICUS Alliance which presents the collective vision of higher education networks, groups and institutions that are seeking to build more sustainable futures. It was developed through a lengthy collaborative process involving civil society and key experts on higher education and sustainability, and was launched in June 2012 at the Rio+20 Conference in Rio de Janeiro. The Treaty has been signed by over a 100 signatories from around the globe.
For more information about the Treaty or to become a signatory, please visit the following website:

University Educators for Sustainable Development (UE4SD)

UE4SD is a partnership of 55 higher education institutions, organisations and associations in 33 countries in Europe and beyond which seeks pathways for progressing sustainability innovation in the higher education curriculum. The project, coordinated by COPERNICUS Alliance, is focused on developing the capabilities of university educators in the area of sustainability. The intention is increase opportunities for students, regardless of their courses or specialisation, to understand and engage with professional and global responsibilities in sustainability. This initiative commenced in 2013 and is funded by the EU for three years.
For more information, please visit the project website:









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