As a key partner of UNESCO’s Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) will host a regional workshop for Europe and North America from 12 to 14 December 2016 in Hamburg, Germany. The workshop, which UIL is organizing in cooperation with the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, will focus on the theme of finding sustainable solutions at the local level, which is one of the five Priority Action Areas of GAP. More specifically, the workshop aims to:
- encourage local municipalities and communities to commit to education for sustainable development;
- ensure that local stakeholders have sufficient capacity to strengthen learning opportunities for their citizens in various settings; and
- foster inter-sectoral collaboration among local stakeholders.
GAP aims to ensure that progress is made at all levels and areas of education and learning in order to achieve sustainable development. It has identified five Priority Action Areas to advance the education for sustainable development agenda: advancing policy; transforming learning and training environments; building the capacities of educators and trainers; empowering and mobilizing youth; and finding sustainable solutions at the local level.
The Meeting is part of a series of regional workshops organized by key partners of GAP. These workshops will be held in all five UNESCO regions (Africa, the Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and North America, and Latin America and the Caribbean) between September 2016 and December 2017. The Secretariat of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities, which is based at UIL, will take the lead in organizing the workshop.