Asia-Pacific Post-GAP Updates
Technical Consultation on the Future of ESD, 9-10 July
Future of ESD Asia-Pacific discussion
Draft Position Paper on the Future of ESD
Technical Consultation on the Future of ESD
9-10 July 2018, Bangkok
Over 270 participants from 116 UNESCO Member States and
Associate Members gathered in Bangkok, Thailand on 9 and 10 July
2018 to discuss which future direction governments and UNESCO
should take in promoting ESD.
GAP will end in 2019.
GAP evaluation revealed:
Strengths: Sharing, co-learning and joint projects
Weaknesses: Ownership and leadership by governments, and fund-
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs, and UNGA
The ‘Making Of’: The Future of ESD Position Paper
Draft Position Paper
• Title: Education for Sustainable Development Goals (ESDG) Programme
• Transformative action: what facilitates, enables, triggers?
e.g. critical inquiry, exposure to realities, relevance to one’s life, the
presence of influential peers, non-formal and informal learning,
community, citizenship, etc.
• The five priority action areas remain, but will be named “action areas”.
The five partners networks will be one inclusive network.
An updated position paper, revised after the Bangkok meeting,
will be available soon for online consultation.
The version discussed at the consultation
Sub-regional group work
- Community we would like to see in 2050
- Challenges and opportunities
- What needs to be done?
Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
East Asia: China, Japan, Macau/China, Mongolia, Republic of Korea
Pacific: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu
South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
Mekong South-East Asia: Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam
Insular South-East Asia: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines
• Key word is ‘sustainable
• Diverse population including
people of all ages, migrants,
cultures, religions living
• Dynamic and diverse forms of
education including formal,
informal and non-formal
• Disaster-resilient and climate-
• Green production of food
• Sustainable values combined
with traditional wisdom and
• Improved situation of sea
drying up leading to lack of
clean drinking water
• Peaceful society with no war
in spite of hundreds of
different ethnic groups
• Green economy: alternative
sources of energy, produce
less waste, use of natural
• Education, families, and
communities play key roles
• Continuing to preserve
Insular South-East Asia
• Focus on simple things: ‘less is
• Unclear whether AI and robots
are good or not – the choice is
up to the government
• Inclusive civilized society with a
balanced life, zero waste,
• Have innovations while
sustaining rural communities
• Inter-faith collaboration –
Christian, Muslim, Buddhist and
• First priority is rising sea-levels – we must ensure Pacific islands still exist
• Use of renewable and clean energy in all island states
• Sustainable infrastructure – merging existing traditional sustainable buildings with new technologies
• Management of marine resources, thriving aquaculture and more arable land as some existing land is not safe for farming
• Similar to other groups: organic lifestyle, conservation practices, green spaces
• Maintain tradition and culture
• Active youth and community at large – battling the challenge of non-communicable diseases
• Sustainable means of travel and eco-tourism
Common aspirations across different sub-regional groups e.g.
peace, diversity, happiness, balance, inclusivity.
Emphases placed across groups on community and family, traditional
and indigenous knowledge and wisdom, cultural heritage as
opportunities for advancing ESD.
Common challenges: limited resources, weak institutional and
leadership capacities, lack of coordination and cooperation among
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