UNESCO Global Action Programme

The Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is a concrete response to the urgent need for a new way of living that respects the limits of our planet’s resources while enhancing our collective well-being.

The programme builds on the momentum created by the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014), by scaling up action at all levels and areas of education and learning, to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Strategic Focus

Under the stewardship of UNESCO, Sustainable Development Goal 4 and
the Education 2030 Agenda recognise the transformative power of education
in relation to all other SDGs.

Target 4.7 in particular calls for key ESD themes to be mainstreamed in curricular content, teaching practices and assessments, and for ESD to be given greater importance in policy planning.

To this end, a network of around 90 GAP Key Partners, which includes governments, civil society organisations, stakeholders from the private sector, and academia, are working in five interconnected Priority Action Areas.

Irina Bokova & May east at UNESCO meeting

GAP Five Priority Action Areas

  • Advancing policy

  • Transforming learning environments

  • Building capacity in education

  • Empowering youth

  • Accelerating sustainable solutions at the local level

Gaia Education is an active member of Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level Partner Network.

See the full list of Members of GAP Partner Networks here.

Read UNESCO GAP ESD Report to the United Nations General Assembly 72 (UNGA 72).

Read Education for Sustainable Development Goals Learning Objectives.

Read Education for Sustainable Development: Partners in Action- Halfway through the Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development.

Gaia Education GAP Commitments

Under GAP Priority Action 5, Gaia Education is certifying and conducting ESD programmes in 48 countries in settings ranging from tribal villages to intentional eco-communities, from urban slums to academic institutions. Furthermore, we have developed the educational tool, the SDGs Flashcards, in partnership with UNESCO GAP, used in workshops worldwide to engage stakeholders in the vital conversations that need to happen to accelerate SDGs implementation.

Diversity of students from Dundee university with the SDGs flashcards

Gaia Education GAP Commitments

  • Translation of the 4 Keys for Sustainability book series

  • Expansion of our Certified Programmes to 50 countries

  • Expansion of Project Based Learning activities

Gaia Education - UNESCO GAP certification

Visit GAP Clearing House

The GAP ESD Clearinghouse is a repository for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) resources and news events from all UNESCO regions (Africa, Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, Europe/North America, Latin America and the Caribbean). Its main objective is to serve as an online platform to share knowledge, experiences and competences of the ESD global community of practice. It aims to serve as the central information platform for the Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD and to collect and share learning resources, good ESD practices and innovative research.

See Gaia Education entries in the Clearing House here.

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