Global Action Programme on ESD

The Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) seeks to generate and scale-up concrete actions in ESD. It is intended to make a substantial contribution to the post-2015 agenda. The GAP is the follow up to the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014).

There is now a growing international recognition of ESD as an integral element of quality education and a key enabler for sustainable development. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the global community over the next 15 years include ESD in the targets.

In 2013, the 37th session of the General Conference of UNESCO endorsed the GAP on ESD as the follow-up to the Decade (37 C/Resolution 12). The GAP on ESD comes with a detailed implementation Roadmap. The Roadmap communicates the GAP endorsed by UNESCO Member States to decision-makers, stakeholders and actors, and provides suggestions for the implementation of the GAP, as well as details on UNESCO’s role.