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As the lead agency to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals(link is external)(SDGs) through Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCED), UNESCO brought together more than 350 experts, practitioners and policy-makers from 100 countries on 2-3 July 2019 (Ha Noi, Viet Nam) in the  Global ESD and GCED Forum dedicated to "Learning and teaching for peaceful and sustainable societies: From early childhood to primary and secondary education".

The UNESCO publication "ESD and GCED Up Close" was launched; the publication explores a holistic approach to education that emphasizes three dimensions of learning - the cognitive, socio-emotional and behavioural - and is based on the results of a recent UNESCO study to examine policies and curriculum documents from ten countries. In addition the Forum addressed if and how these three dimensions of ESD and GCED are reflected in pre-primary, primary and secondary education, highlighting improvements to be made and challenges to overcome.

Using interactive plenaries and concurrent workshops, the forum session organized to expand and reinforce partnerships and networking opportunities around the theme, inviting debate and fostering dialogue as well as sharing practical information, best practices and knowledge. Participants presented innovative and promising approaches on how to address gaps and fully harness the potential of the three domains of learning in order to achieve the 2030 Agenda and in particular Target 4.7, which relates to ESD and GCED.

The Forum was followed by the final meeting of the Global Action Programme (GAP) Partner Networks that reviewed the achievements and challenges of Key Partners since the GAP began in 2015 and discussed on-going activities of the Partner Networks until the end of 2019. The findings of the 2015-2018 GAP review were presented in a short publication entitled Education for Sustainable Development: Partners in Action confirming the continuous progress of the Partners, exceeding their initial targets in 4 out of 5 Priority Action Areas: policy, learning environments, educators and communities. Key Partners have spearheaded innovative pedagogies, expanded ESD beyond the classroom into many other kinds of learning settings, and built new partnerships beyond the education sector. In doing so, they have been able to capitalize on the momentum created by the adoption of the SDGs.

As the GAP comes to an end and the new ESD for 2030 framework (adopted by the 206th Executive Board) starts, partners see greater potential for ESD in non-formal and informal education, and at sub-national and local government levels. More guidance and evidence-based resources will allow them to continue to improve the quality and scope of their actions. Key Partners also had the opportunity to provide suggestions to UNESCO on elements for the implementation roadmap of the new ESD for 2030 framework, including on issues such as ESD nationwide initiatives, monitoring and evaluation, advocacy and evidence-based research.

As the UNESCO Assist.DG, Stefania Giannini, pointed out in the opening, "the forum takes place at a significant time" given that on July 9, the UN High Level Political Forum in New York will review SDG4 for the first time since its adoption in 2015. Actually, the report on SDG4 that will be presented in NY  was released by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, and presents the latest results for the official global monitoring indicators, including simplified explanations of their definitions, data sources and interpretation.  It is accessible here.

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