l Guided by the “Higher Education Sustainability Initiative” and supported by “Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability”, IESD will mainstream environment and sustainable development into higher education, promote education reform in sustainable development, and facilitate the reform of higher education system by incorporating the concepts and practices of environment and sustainable development.
l To build IESD into a “think tank” of UNEP by conducting researches on climate change, disasters and conflicts, ecosystem managemental environment governance, harmful substances, resource efficiency and environmental conditions assessment, and facilitating the technology transfers to developing countries as part of South-South cooperation.
l To participate in regional or global environmental projects and capacity building programs organized and coordinated by UNEP.
l To establish an internationalized educational institution in respect of environment and sustainable development, with the support of UNEP and cooperation with international leading universities for the purposes of educating technical and management personnel, particularly for developing countries.
l To promote environmental academic communication, hold international conferences and to establish an international research, education, and information communication center of environment and sustainable development.