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Educational policy-making is a complex issue, with some decisions being made far from the classroom or school. Iceland belongs to a multitude of international organisations which concern themselves with educational policy and achievement. Two such organisations are UNESCO and the OECD and the aim of this article is to see what we might learn from some of their activities, in this case focusing on sustainable development and educating for sustainability. Several years ago the United Nations charged UNESCO with developing and implementing the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development from 2005-2014, an initiative which has informed the debate on appropriate school activities and provided a wealth of resources for use at local and national level. Iceland participates actively in OECD programmes, one of which is the Programme for International Student Assessment, commonly known as PISA. Some questions in the PISA 2006 study concerned the views of 15 year olds on environmental issues. In this article definitions of sustainability will be considered prior to a short discussion on education for sustainable development and a consideration of selected PISA results from Iceland.