Some interesting new stuff from UNESCO

Some interesting new stuff from UNESCO

We just received this information from UNESCO and it contains many things that you may find of interest.

GAP Partner Network meeting in 2018

The 3rd meeting of the GAP Key Partners was held at Peace University in San José, Costa Rica, from 25 to 27 April 2018. The meeting was structured in interactive sessions where Key Partners provided their comments and ideas on the draft post-GAP position paper UNESCO had provided before the meeting. On the basis of the discussions of the meeting, UNESCO is now revising the post-GAP paper for further consultation with Member States.

We wish to extend our warm thanks to all the participants who contributed to a successful GAP Partner Network meeting. You can find the pictures taken during the meeting in the following link.



Nominations for ESD Prize 2018

The call for nominations for the 2018 UNESCO-Japan Prize on ESD was launched in January this year and received over 80 applications before its deadline of 3 May 2018. Rewarding three winners of 50,000 USD each, the Prize will support the projects of individuals, institutions or organisations engaged in ESD. 

For more information kindly refer to the ESD Prize website and



Policy Brief developed by PN1

On this link you will find a policy brief on ‘Education for Sustainable Development and the SDGs’, which includes Key Messages and Recommendations for advancing ESD policies in light of SDGs. The brief was developed by GAP partner network 1 which plans to produce similar briefs. It was developed by Robert J. Didham with the support of members of the GAP Partner Network. The paper is available on the GAP website.Please feel free to share it with your colleagues/networks. 



New volume of the “Education on the move” series on ESD

We are pleased to share with you an electronic version of our newest publication, entitled: Issues and trends in Education for Sustainable Development. By exploring key issues and trends related to ESD policy and practice, UNESCO aims to help accelerate the reorientation of education towards achieving a sustainable and resilient world. This publication comes at a moment of heightened global interest in addressing sustainability challenges through education in order to achieve the targets of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. UNESCO is very grateful to the authors of this important volume, and we also extend our sincere appreciation to the peer reviewers among the ESD Key Partners who contributed to this publication.

Available in English:

The French version will follow soon.



ESD Video

We are pleased to communicate that the ESD-GAP promotion video “Think, Live and Act together. Be part of the change through ESD” has been recently launched. Please find the video uploaded on YouTube with its respective subtitles in EnglishFrench and Spanish. This is the first official video presenting the GAP activities developed by UNESCO. We are grateful to the Key Partners who kindly sent us their footage. We would like to encourage you to share the video with your colleagues and to upload on your online platform.



Future of ESD Symposia

The fourth and last symposium on the Future of ESD took place in Curitiba, Brazil from 6 to 8 March, with a focus on sustainable consumption and production and ESD. It gathered 19 experts from all world regions and diverse backgrounds. See our website for further information. The symposium outcomes will feed into the draft position paper for the post-GAP ESD programme. For information about the previous symposia, please see the followings links: (1)  Omori, Japan – November 2016,  (2) Gelsenkirchen, Germany – April 2017, (3) Stellenbosch, South Africa – June 2017



Youth Conference “Youth Saves the Planet”

The Youth Conference “Youth Saves the Planet” took place from 14 to 16 May 2018 at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris. The conference brought together 70 ESD Youth Leaders who attended the training workshops organized under the PN4 flagship project, and some Okayama Youth as mentors. ESD Youth Leaders discussed about the scaling up of capacity-building activities as a follow-up of the flagship project, networking among the youth leaders as well as with GAP partners, communication strategy to raising awareness of ESD and the future direction of ESD.



ESD webinars
UNESCO has organized twelve webinars so far for GAP Key Partners. All presentations and recordings from webinars are available on theUNESTEAM online platform. Please feel free to share this link with your colleagues.

We would like to hold a webinar to showcase the collaboration between/among GAP Key Partners. If you are interested in taking part in the webinar, please contact Karen (



ESD newsletter

We disseminated our electronic newsletter, ESD Zoom, to more than 7,000 subscribers around the world. In order to reach an even greater audience, we would appreciate if you could encourage your colleagues to sign up to either the EnglishFrench or Spanish version or send us a list of email addresses which we can register. Past editions are also available online in EnglishFrench and Spanish. If you wish your news, events and publications to be featured on our GAP website and possibly in the next Zoom, please send them to



Updated GAP Partner List

We appreciate your response to the invitation letter to renew your GAP membership. Please see attached the updated list of Key Partners with names of co-chairs and email addresses. If you have any changes to this list, please let us know in writing to Karen (



ESD Team

Our colleague Mizuho Tanaka is expecting a baby and we would like to wish her the best of luck on this new chapter in life. We welcome Karen Geronimo (, who will take up her tasks until the end of the summer.


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