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The Center for Sustainable Development

The Center for Sustainable Development – CDS is a permanent teaching, research and extension unit of the University of Brasília – UnB, directly linked to the President’s office, through the Dean’s Office of Graduate Studies. It is an academic space whose mission is to promote the ethics of sustainability, by means of dialogue between different fields, by the building of knowledge, and by educational training aimed at the development of pertinent skills.

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Our Story

The Center for Sustainable Development of the University of Brasília was created in 1995. In early 1996 CDS established its Graduate Program (PPGCDS) with a Ph. D. course and admitted its first class. The program was called “Environment and Development”. Research and teaching focused on Environmental Policy and Management. With the creation of the academic Master’s course in March of 1998, the program was expanded and its name was officially changed to “Sustainable Development”. In 2008, CDS joined a group of four other UnB academic units that created an undergraduate course in Environmental Sciences. In 2010, the Professional Master’s Course in Sustainability in Traditional Peoples’ and Indigenous Lands was created. Throughout its history, CDS offered also nine non campus courses – seven Master’s courses and two Doctoral courses, in five Brazilian states, by means of cooperative agreements with local universities. Also 12 short-term graduate specialization courses were offered in Brasília.