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Asia-Pacific Post-GAP Updates


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Asia-Pacific Post-GAP Updates
Ms. Ushio Miura, Programme Specialist, UNESCO Bangkok
Asia-Pacific Regional RCE Meeting 2018
25-27 September, 2018, Parramatta (Sydney), Australia

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Asia-Pacific Post-GAP Updates

  1. 1. Asia-Pacific Post-GAP Updates Sustainable Development Goals  Technical Consultation on the Future of ESD, 9-10 July 2018, Bangkok  Future of ESD Asia-Pacific discussion  Draft Position Paper on the Future of ESD
  2. 2. 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- raising. 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs, and UNGA Resolution 72/222. From the People Of Japan
  3. 3. The ‘Making Of’: The Future of ESD Position Paper
  4. 4. Draft Position Paper • Title: Education for Sustainable Development Goals (ESDG) Programme Timeframe: 2020‐30 • 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
  5. 5. Asia-Pacific Discussion 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
  6. 6. East Asia • Key word is ‘sustainable community’ • Diverse population including people of all ages, migrants, cultures, religions living together • Dynamic and diverse forms of education including formal, informal and non-formal • Disaster-resilient and climate- ready communities • Green production of food • Sustainable values combined with traditional wisdom and ICT
  7. 7. Central Asia • 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 products • Education, families, and communities play key roles • Continuing to preserve traditional values • Environmentally-friendly schools
  8. 8. Insular South-East Asia • Focus on simple things: ‘less is more’ • 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, disaster-resilience and prosperity • Have innovations while sustaining rural communities • Inter-faith collaboration – Christian, Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu
  9. 9. Pacific • 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
  10. 10. Asia-Pacific Discussion  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 different stakeholders. See the Asia-Pacific session report here:
  11. 11. on UNESCO Bangkok, please visit: THANK YOU! For more information