In 2013, the 37th session of the General Conference of UNESCO endorsed the GAP/ESD as the follow-up to the Decade and was launched at the Nagoya Conference in November 2015 at the end of UNDESD. Building on the achievements of the Decade the overall goal for the GAP/ESD is “to generate and scale-up action in all levels and areas of education and learning in order to accelerate progress towards sustainable development” with two main objectives:


  1. 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
  2. to strengthen education and learning in all agendas, programmes and activities that promote sustainable development.


To enable a strategic focus and foster stakeholder commitment, the GAP/ESD is divided into five priority action areas to advance the ESD agenda:


Advancing policy: Mainstream ESD into both education and sustainable development policies, to create an enabling environment for ESD and to bring about systemic change Priority Action area 2.


Transforming learning and training environments: Integrate sustainability principles into education and training settings.


Building capacities of educators and trainers: Increase the capacities of educators and trainers to more effectively deliver ESD.


Empowering and mobilising youth: Multiply ESD actions among youth.


Accelerating sustainable solutions at a local level: At a community level, scale up ESD programmes and multi-stakeholder ESD networks.


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This website is produced within the project “Local Research and Education Hubs- key for sustainability education” (No.CBSSPSF/SC 042015/4) with financial support of CBSS Project Support Facility. LAPAS holds responsibility on the content of the publication and relevance to the project.