United Nations

Untouched World™ became the first fashion company in the world to be given permission by UNESCO to carry the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD) logo on its labelling in 2007. We are one of a small number of organisations internationally accredited. This award recognises the efforts of Untouched World™ and the Untouched World™ Charitable Trust in the area of education for sustainability.

In April 2007, Untouched World™ CEO Peri Drysdale and Untouched World™ Charitable Trust Education Advisor Dr Barry Law presented at the United Nations Headquarters in Bonn, Germany. They were invited as one of twelve global exemplars at the United Nations meeting (including representatives from 40 countries) to discuss how to engage the corporate sector in education for sustainable development.

Later in the year Untouched World™ Charitable Trust Executive Director Mark Prain attended a further meeting in Bonn. Untouched World™ was one of six corporate exemplars of education for sustainability at the meeting.

In April 2009, Peri Drysdale exhibited Untouched World™ in Bonn at the United Nations Mid Decade World Conference in Education for Sustainable development.

Since then Untouched World has provided reports and input as requested by the UN. Towards the end of 2013 Peri Drysdale, Dr Barry Law and Mark Prain presented a report on the outcomes of the Decade for Sustainable Development.

Global Action Programme

In 2005, the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD) was launched to enhance the role of education in promoting sustainable development. Its successes have brought about growing international recognition of ESD as an essential element of quality education and a key enabler for sustainable development. With the UNDESD coming to an end in 2015, the new follow up UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) was launched with the aim of building on the achievements of the UNDESD, and scaling up education and learning to accelerate progress towards sustainable development. 

In May 2015, Untouched World™ was invited to Paris to assist in the setup of GAP. The UNESCO GAP website recognises Untouched World™ as one of three global exemplars for empowering and mobilising youth. The Untouched World™ Charitable Trust offers youth leadership scholarships across four programme sites in New Zealand. Each programme focuses either on water quality, use and availability, or the biodiversity of the country's national bird (Kiwi) and is designed to encourage changes in behaviour and empower youth action for Education for Sustainable Development

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