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Since April 2015 MEdIES is participating in the GAP Partner Network 1 working on the Priority Action Area of "Advancing policy", after accepting the official invitation by UNESCO .

The Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD was launched during the World Conference on ESD in Aichi-Nagoya, (November 2014). The five Priority Action areas of the GAP are:

1. Advancing ESD Policy (strengthening and scaling-up ESD in national and regional level education and sustainable development policies);

2. Transforming learning and training environments (promoting the whole-institution approaches in formal education at all levels and in non-formal education);

3. Building capacities of educators and trainers (integrating ESD in teachers' pre-service and in-service training; supporting the capacity building activities in non formal and informal education);

4. Empowering and mobilizing the youth (supporting youth-led initiatives for ESD; empowering the role of youth);

5. Accelerating solutions at local level (developing ESD programmes for local communities/municipalities).

The Roadmap for Implementing the GAP presenting in more details these five Priority Action Areas can be found herehttp://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0023/002305/230514e.pdf

UNESCO has set up five "Partner Networks", one for each Priority Area that will help to implement the GAP. They are consisted of a limited number of strategically selected key ESD stakeholders whose actions are expected to have a catalytic effect. MEdIES is a member of the Partner Network 1 while Prof. Michael Scoullos, MEdIES Coordinator, is Co-chairing the PN1.

The Partner Networks have already met face-to-face during the 1st Meeting of the GAP Partner Networks in Paris on 26-27 May 2015, when they discussed the goals and function of the Networks, and worked on ideas for particular work plans and joint activities within each Network.

Particularly for the PN1, the members have been in e-communication and in September 30, they held a teleconference during which they shared proposals for a Workplan of the network and its respective Flagship Project. This Flagship Project will be a concrete collaboration amongst the Key GAP Partners on advancing ESD in policies. It will have a specific limited focus on advancing ESD in policies at national level, using regional level cooperation and policies to further advance national policies and demonstrating how ESD promotes Sustainable Development and facilitates the achievement of the SDGs. It will be also very useful to demonstrate how the various regional or international frameworks are used at national level in order to promote ESD.

The Flagship Project, therefore, will provide a coherent framework for major policy initiatives at national level to become mutually supportive, enhancing their visibility and effectiveness and scaling-up ESD cooperation at regional level.


On 5-6 July 2016 the annual GAP Working Meeting took place in Paris while one day before, on July 4 a mmeting of the Chairs and Co Chairs of the Partner Networks was held. During the meeting the developments of the Partner Networks were presented together with the related Flagship Projects will and workplans while the participants worked in groups and elaborated ideas on how to scale up partners' activities as well as the future steps of the GAP. Prof Scoullos contributed actively in the meeting's sessions and made the presentation on the developments of the PN1 as one of its Co-chairs.

Additionally the booklet presenting the GAP Key Partners was launched in the meeting;

MEdIES is presented as well!

The Booklet can be accessed from here:

Read more about the meeting here

GAP Partners group photo during their meeting in July 2016, Paris


Stay tuned with the GAP here: http://en.unesco.org/gap



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