Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development


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GAP Goals and Objectives


The Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) contributes to achieving the vision put forward by the UN Decade of ESD: “a world where everybody has the opportunity to benefit from education and learn the values, behaviour and lifestyles required for a sustainable future and for positive societal transformation”.
The overarching goal of the GAP is “to generate and scale up action in all levels and areas of education and learning to accelerate progress towards sustainable development”.
The GAP deploys a two-fold approach to multiply and to scale up ESD action:
  1. integrating sustainable development into education; and
  2. integrating education into sustainable development. Corresponding to this overall approach, the Programme has two objectives.
Objective 1 “to reorient education and learning so that everyone has the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that empower them to contribute to sustainable development”
Objective 2 “to strengthen education and learning in all agendas, programmes and activities that promote sustainable development”
The GAP is intended as a concrete, tangible contribution to the post-2015 agenda. The implementation of the GAP is fully aligned with the implementation of the post-2015 agenda.