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is a Nordic Sustainability Award, awarded every second year by the Ideas Bank Foundation to Nordic municipalities and local communities who have excelled in creative contributions towards sustainable development.

The four communities Stavanger (Norway), Malmö (Sweden), Tingvoll (Norway) and Samsø (Denmark) received the 2011 award at the Ideas bank Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Conference in Oslo in November 2011.

The next award will take place at the Nordic Sustainability Conference in Umeå, Sweden in September 2013.

The four winners in 2011 are very different municipalities in Norden; and represent four approaches to sustainability.

Common to all is a vision and will for change – an intergenerational and global perspective – work integrating all sectors and interest groups – and broad mobilization through civic participation and education.

Achieving concrete results today is thus combined with building long term awareness and skills for the future. The Prize consists of small versions of a series of large bronze sculptures specially created for the Balancing Act campaign by the Danish sculptor Jens Galschiøt, as a symbol for the UN Decade for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD-10).

They highlight the task of achieving a good balance between people and planet – ecology, economy and society – to ensure sustainable development. The sculptures have been exhibited in many places including outside parliament buildings and towns halls.

The United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014)

From the UNESCO webpage: “Sustainable development is seeking to meet the needs of the present without compromising those of future generations. We have to learn our way out of current social and environmental problems and learn to live sustainably. Sustainable development is a vision of development that encompasses populations, animal and plant species, ecosystems, natural resources and that integrates concerns such as the fight against poverty, gender equality, human rights, education for all, health, human security, intercultural dialogue, etc.

Education for sustainable development aims to help people to develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge to make informed decisions for the benefit of themselves and others, now and in the future, and to act upon these decisions. The United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014), for which UNESCO is the lead agency, seeks to integrate the principles, values, and practices of sustainable development into all aspects of education and learning, in order to address the social, economic, cultural and environmental problems we face in the 21st century.”    (Bonn-declaration)

THE BALANCING ACT  – BALANCEAKTEN (DK) – BALANSAKTEN (S) – BALANSEAKTEN (N) is a campaign for all that takes part in education for sustainable developments.

The visual symbols for the Nordic and international campaign on the UN decade are a series of eye catching sculptures, created by the Danish sculptor, Jens Galschiøt. Eco-Net in Denmark, Ekocentrum in Sweden and The Ideas Bank in Norway coordinate the campaign, which is supported financially by, among others, the Nordic Council of Ministers. The Nordic Folk High Schools are the first to join the campaign.

This is a web portal linking together different activities around the world. You will find a news-section, information on the different campaigns, toolkits and information on relevant conferences. Read more about the ideas behind the fantastic sculptures and find links to relevant activities around the world. Don’t hesitate with new ideas and comments.

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