What is the GAP?

The plenary session on Tuesday 30th of June between 17:00 and 18:00 will be about the GAP: “Everything you’d wish to know about the GAP but were reluctant to ask!”. – But what is the GAP?

The United Nations Decade of ESD (DESD) ended by the end of last year with the World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development in Nagoya. Under the banner “Learning Today for a Sustainable Future” the achievements of the past decade were celebrated and plans for the future of ESD were made. “By raising awareness, influencing policies and generating significant numbers of good practice projects in all areas of education and learning” (Final report DESD, UNESCO (2014) DESD is said to have achieved a solid foundation for ESD. To continue the work the official follow-up programme will be the Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD, coordinated and implemented by UNESCO.

The Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD seeks to generate and scale-up ESD action. It is intended to make a substantial contribution to the post-2015 agenda.

The overall goal of the GAP is to generate and scale up action in all levels and areas of education and learning to accelerate progress towards sustainable development.

The GAP has two objectives:

  • to reorient education and learning so that everyone has the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that empower them to contribute to sustainable development – and make a difference;
  • to strengthen education and learning in all agendas, programmes and activities that promote sustainable development.

The GAP focuses on five priority action areas:

  1. Advancing policy;
  2. Integrating sustainability practices into education and training environments (whole-institution approaches);
  3. Increasing the capacity of educators and trainers;
  4. Empowering and mobilizing youth;
  5. Encouraging local communities and municipal authorities to develop community-based ESD programmes.

All concerned ESD stakeholders are invited to contribute to the implementation of the Global Action Programme (GAP) through their varying activities, projects and programmes at the global, regional, national and/or local levels.

Reference: UNESCO

Welcome to the plenary session on Tuesday 30th of June between 17:00 and 18:00: “Everything you’d wish to know about the GAP but were reluctant to ask!” to learn more about the GAP.

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