Since the end of 2016, five new members have joined the Key Partner Networks of the Global Action Programme on ESD (GAP). UNESCO is happy to welcome and present the newcomers.
Three of the new Key Partners are francophone:
- Réseau UNITWIN sur l'EDD has joined Partner Network 3. The Bordeaux UNESCO Chair "Education, Training and Research for Sustainable Development" and its UNITWIN network plan to mobilize academic and scientific actors for sustainable development. This network comprises 45 universities in 25 countries and develops coordinated actions among their member organizations.
- Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), also joined Partner Network 3. OIF represents one of the biggest linguistic groups in the world, counting 84 French-speaking countries and governmental members. As stated in OIF’s strategic framework until 2022, Education and Sustainable Development are part of their mission among their member states.
- ENDA Energie has joined Partner Network 5. ENDA Energie is an NGO established in 1980 that is strongly engaged in sustainable development in Senegal. The group supports communities undergoing political, social, environmental, technological and institutional transformation, specifically in the areas of energy, climate change mitigation and adaptation, desertification, local development and environmental governance.
In addition, the laureates of the 2016 UNESCO-Japan Prize on ESD were invited to become GAP key partners:
- The Centre for Community Regeneration and Development (CCREAD-Cameroon) is a civil society organization based in Cameroon. Its programmes aim to introduce marginalized people and communities to social and economic empowerment opportunities and foster environmental sustainability.
- The National Union of Students UK (NUS-UK) is a confederation of 600 students' unions representing seven million students in the United Kingdom. NUS is implementing several major sustainability programmes involving students and staff, with an impact beyond higher education.
Both have joined Partner Network 4. The third ESD Prize laureate of 2016, the Okayama ESD Promotion Commission from Japan, is already represented in Partner Network 5 by Okayama City.
GAP Partner Networks serve as a global community of practice and exist for each of the five Priority Action Areas of the GAP: 1) advancing policy; 2) transforming learning and training environments; 3) building capacities of educators and trainers; 4) empowering and mobilizing youth; and 5) accelerating sustainable solutions at local level.
In total, the GAP Partner Networks comprise around 90 member organizations.