Online consultation on the draft UNESCO position paper on the Future of Education for Sustainable Development

01 October 2018

What makes people act for sustainable development? How can education help make the transformation?

UNESCO invites concerned stakeholders and the public to review the draft UNESCO position paper on the future of Education for Sustainable Development and share their comments.

The UNESCO position paper on the future of Education for Sustainable Development reflects on where the work of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) stands amidst new emerging contexts and proposes the way forward for the 2020-2030 period.

Building on the ‘Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (2015-2019)’ and the ‘UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014)’, UNESCO has prepared this post-GAP position paper, in view of the increasing importance of ESD as 'an integral element of the Sustainable Development Goal on quality education and a key enabler of all the other Sustainable Development Goals' (UN General Assembly Resolution 72/222). The paper has been prepared through a series of intensive brainstorming symposia and an in-depth review of the current ESD work, as well as various stakeholder consultations, including the Technical Consultation Meeting on the Future of ESD, held in July 2018 with participants from 116 UNESCO Member States and Associate Members.

Your valuable comments will contribute to the future direction of Education for Sustainable Development. Please review the draft and provide up to three major comments by completing the online comment sheet by 9 November 2018.

Subsequently, the final draft of the paper will be submitted in 2019 to the Governing Bodies of UNESCO and the UN General Assembly for their approval/ acknowledgement processes. Once approved, it will be summarised into a programme and launched in 2020 for implementation onwards to 2030.

Any queries relating to the paper should be addressed to UNESCO’s Section of Education for Sustainable Development, e-mail: future.esd@unesco.org