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UNESCO opens nominations for UNESCO-Japan Prize on ESD 2017

UNESCO is seeking nominations for the UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) 2017. Endowed with US$ 50,000 for each of the three recipients, the Prize aims to honour outstanding ESD initiatives worldwide. More >>

Call for youth: Join online discussion to participate in UNESCO Week in Canada

The UNESCO Week for Peace and Sustainable Development: The Role of Education, taking place in Ottawa, Canada, from 6 to 10 March, will present a unique platform for discussion on two key programmes of UNESCO’s Education Sector: ESD and GCED (Global Citizenship Education). Committed youth who are interested in participating in the UNESCO Week, are invited to join an online discussion, coordinated by UNESCO MGIEP, until 27 January. You can learn more on MGIEP's Twitter and Facebook accounts. More >>

Asia-Pacific Network for SDG4 launched at regional meeting on Education 2030
A regional network of national coordinators has been established to help achieve the transformative vision of inclusive and equitable quality education of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4. It was launched at the second Asia-Pacific Meeting on Education 2030 in Bangkok in November. More >>
The meeting was preceded by national consultations, the results of which are presented here.

UNESCO ASPnet trains teachers to address climate change
How to transform schools step-by-step to address climate change was the topic of an international training of trainers organized by the UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet) in Dakar, Senegal, in November 2016. More >>

ESD at heart of new Mediterranean Action Plan
A new Action Plan for ESD was adopted by the ministries of education of 14 countries and by five international organizations at a conference held in Cyprus in December 2016. It lays the ground for using education to address the challenges to sustainable development in the Mediterranean region. More >>


GAP Clearinghouse

ESD Resource Bank

International GAP Conference
19-21 January,
Palermo, Italy

ESD Prize winners follow-up event
21-25 January,
Okayama, Japan

Climate Change Communication

20-24 February,
Manchester, UK

Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Development

2-4 March,

UNESCO Week: GAP Review Forum
6-8 March,
Ottawa, Canada

Mobile Learning Week
20-24 March,
Paris, France

GAP regional meeting: The role of cities in living sustainbly
More than 50 experts and city representatives from Europe and North America gathered in Hamburg, Germany in December to further advance the role of cities in accelerating sustainable solutions at local level through education. More >>
GAP key partner from Peru wins prestigious Rolex Award for Enterprise
Kerstin Forsberg, Founder and Director of the non-profit Planeta Océano, based in Peru, was recently awarded with the prestigious Rolex Award for Enterprise. The Award recognizes individuals with an exceptional spirit of enterprise who seek to improve lives or protect the world’s natural and cultural heritage. More >>
Japan holds eighth National UNESCO ASPnet Conference
The eighth Japan National UNESCO ASPnet Conference, organized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and the Japanese National Commission for UNESCO, was held in December. It drew 650 participants from around the country, including teachers as well as corporate, government and NGO representatives. More >>
Local First approach accelerates environmental management and risk reduction for local community
Listen to Manus McCaffery from Pakistan explain his GAP commitment for the environmental management and risk prevention of local communities
Winners of International Essay Contest for Young People awards
The Goi Peace Foundation, Key Partner of the GAP, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 International Essay Contest for Young People. The theme of this year's contest was "Education to Build a Better Future for All" and 12,937 entries from 153 countries were received. More >>
"Green Impact": The numbers speak for themselves
Free breakfast for students who cycle to class is just one of the many small but effective ideas from the National Union of Students (NUS) UK’s "Green Impact". The NUS won the UNESCO-Japan Prize on ESD 2016 for its wide-ranging programme to promote sustainability in the 600 colleges and universities where members study, in their living spaces, cafeterias, and more. More >>
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