The Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) focuses on action on the ground. The GAP was launched at the World Conference on ESD in November 2014 in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan.
Based on countries’ commitment at the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) to strengthen ESD beyond the end of its Decade (2005-2014), UNESCO, in consultation with Member States and relevant stakeholders, developed the Global Action Programme on ESD.
The GAP was endorsed by UNESCO’s 37th General Conference (November 2013) as the follow-up to the UN Decade of ESD. In November 2014, it was also acknowledged by the United Nations General Assembly. The relevant resolution (A/RES/69/211) invites member states to take steps to implement the Global Action Programme. It also invites UNESCO, the lead agency for ESD, to continue its leading role in coordinating the GAP's implementation.
The GAP and further outcomes of the World Conference informed the deliberations of the World Education Forum held from 19 to 22 May 2015 in Incheon, Republic of Korea, which aimed to reach agreement on a new education agenda post-2015 and to adopt a global framework for action for the future.