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Looking at the Future of Education for Sustainable Development, together

25-27th April 2018

University of Peace,

San Jose, Costa Rica


Representatives of the key partners of the Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), including UNESCO-UNEVOC met at the 3rd Key Partners Meeting. With the current framework of the GAP on ESD elapsing in 2019, this meeting launched a round of global consultation to chart a course of action in support of ESD beyond 2019. UNESCO-UNEVOC presented its engagements in support of the ESD agenda through its Greening TVET and various capacity development initiatives. Representatives of the GAP Partners also gained exposure to the work of Costa Rica’s National Institute for Learning (INA), a UNEVOC Centre, in integrating ESD in their programmes and partner institutions.

ESD is recognized as a key element of quality education and a crucial enabler for sustainable development. The GAP on ESD, the follow- up programme to the Decade of ESD (2005-2014), aims to scale-up ESD initiatives and accelerate progress towards sustainable development. UNESCO-UNEVOC attended the meeting as one of the Key Partners, specifically for Priority Action Area 2 on ‘Transforming learning and training environments’, and provided feedback in the discussions and reported on its activities regarding greening TVET, mainly:

1. The implementation of the greening guide and our contributions in supporting initiatives that focus on a whole-institutional approach to greening;

2. Capacity development programmes such as the UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme and Greening TVET Champions programme held in Kenya; and

3. Research projects and publications, including the Advancing Green Human Capital framework and virtual conferences organized on greening TVET.

Participants at the GAP ESD 3rd Key Partners Meeting

Organized by the UNESCO Section for Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship, this meeting brought together more than 80 GAP Partners representing ministries, NGOs, universities and research communities. The discussions highlighted the role of ESD in the context of the SDGs and took note of the progress in implementing the current GAP on ESD. The discussions also highlighted the need to place ESD in the context of current and emerging developments related to sustainable development and digitalization.

Study visit to UNEVOC Centre shows ESD in action

A study visit for the participating delegates was organized at the National Institute of Learning (INA), a UNEVOC Centre, to share how ESD is integrated in their programmes and partner institutions. As one of the biggest training institutions in Costa Rica, with more than 300,000 students in its campuses around Costa Rica, INA presented examples of how green skills were developed for renewable energies (particularly solar and wind energies) and agriculture, and of greening initiatives undertaken around the campus (for example recycling). Reaffirming the advocacies made in UNESCO-UNEVOC’s Greening TVET Guide, the examples shared by INA showed the importance of mainstreaming ESD in all aspects of the institution, and that the success of greening initiatives depends on the capacities of teachers and management to develop and implement such activities.

A snapshot of UNESCO-UNEVOC’s approach to implementing ESD in TVET institutions


Learn more by downloading UNESCO-UNEVOC’s Greening TVET: a practical guide for institutions here

For more information

1. UNESCO Education for Sustainable Development

2. Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development

3. UNESCO-UNEVOC Greening TVET



page date 2018-05-03

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