ESD for 2030 – The Future of ESD

In 2019, the 5-year Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development (GAP ESD, 2015-2019) will come to an end. But one thing is clear: ESD will remain a top priority. In 2020 the GAP’s follow-up framework “Education for Sustainable Development: Towards achieving the SDGs (ESD for 2030)” will be launched.

Global Launch Conference in June 2020 in Berlin

In 2020 the ESD for 2030 framework will be launched at a Global Launch Conference, organized by UNESCO and hosted by the Government of Germany. The conference is held from June 2nd to 4th, 2020 in Berlin – subject to the approval of the framework by the 40th UNESCO General Conference in November 2019.

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UNESCO World Conference on ESD
June 2020

More about ESD for 2030

Preparing the draft framework

To build a future vision for ESD, UNESCO prepared a draft position paper through a series of experts’ meetings as well as a desk review of related literature and results of the mid-term GAP implementation review.

Collaborative act

This collaborative process has included everybody: Representatives from science, politics, civil society, teachers, students and citizens were invited to bring their ideas and experiences into the draft. For this purpose UNESCO launched a public online-consultation in November 2018.

Worldwide conferences

In addition, four conferences on the future of ESD were held in Germany, South Africa, Japan and Brazil. ESD for 2030 was also discussed during the third key-partner meeting of the five international GAP partner networks. In July 2018, over 270 government representatives and experts from 116 Member States met in Bangkok to discuss and further enhance the draft.

Status quo

In spring 2019, UNESCO’s Executive Board reviewed and adopted the proposal on the draft framework in its 206th session. In November 2019, the draft will be submitted for final approval to the 40th session of the General Conference and the 74th session of the UN General Assembly.

During the coming months, UNESCO will continue to supplement the position paper with the intention to publish the document as a framework for the follow-up programme, similar to the Roadmap.

ESD from 2020

“ESD for 2030” will cover a 10-year time period. In line with the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it will run until 2030. The new programme will scale up its focus on the interlinkages and tensions among different SDGs and provide learners with opportunities to practice balancing them. Many of the existing instruments, for example the UNESCO-Japan Prize on ESD and the five priority action areas, will be continued within the new programme. Nevertheless, there will be numerous modifications as well, like the focus on psychological and social preconditions and the transformation of ESD into political mobilization.

Höhepunkte des Weltaktions­programms BNE 2015 bis 2019