About Us

The Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development was established with the generous support of the Government of India. We are an integral part of UNESCO, and the organization’s specialist institute on education for peace and sustainable development to foster global citizenship. In 2009, the UNESCO General Conference decided to set up an institute focusing on peace and sustainability education based in the vast and rapidly growing Asia-Pacific region. In 2012, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, and the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, launched the institute.

UNESCO MGIEP has been named after Mahatma Gandhi as a tribute to his ideas of non-violence and sustainable living. There is renewed relevance of the Gandhian lessons of ahimsa (non-violence) and satyagraha (the struggle for truth) in a young and diverse world confronted with conflict, insecurity, and inequality.


In an age of rapid change, characterized by exponential economic growth, globalization, and rising inequalities, the 21st century poses a unique set of challenges. To contend with these interconnected global issues, education systems will have to develop new and innovative approaches. This means that we need to work at all levels—from government policies to classroom teaching methods and informal learning—to empower young people to adapt to their changing environments and to lead socially responsible lives. Here are some of the pillars we work on:

Education Systems Transformed

UNESCO MGIEP’S approach is to view education systems as complex adaptive systems—a term borrowed from current environmental policy discourse. Just like ecosystems in nature, education systems are self-organizing, dynamic and adaptive and they need to evolve to respond to increasingly interconnected global challenges.In building and maintaining a well-performing.

Learning and Pedagogies for the 21st Century

On an individual level, this means that teaching and learning methods will help students develop a better understanding of our complex, interconnected and interdependent world. This will equip students with the necessary skills to adapt to their changing environments, realize their maximum potential and become global citizens.

Youth as agents of change

At UNESCO MGIEP, we see young people as key drivers of change for more peaceful and sustainable societies. Our work is geared towards embedding skills for peace and sustainable development into curricula, fostering youth programmes and networks to change education systems, and developing innovative, research-based pedagogies.


The United Nations recognizes that our increasingly global and interconnected challenges necessitate transformative shifts, in the way we view development, sustainability, wealth, peace, and security.


The Institute’s work is part of UNESCO’s efforts to ensure quality education for all. This will equip future generations with the tools to lead change for a more peaceful and sustainable world. UNESCO MGIEP’s objectives are based on the preamble of UNESCO’s Constitution, which calls for the defenses for peace to be created in the minds of men and women.

UNESCO’s global education agenda lists among its priorities the understanding of and respect for human rights; inclusion and equity; cultural diversity; fostering a desire and capacity for living together peacefully, which are essential for creating responsible citizens for a better future.


"This is a partnership of values and a partnership for action"

By Irina Bokova, Director-General UNESCO


UNESCO MGIEP is poised to play a key role in the Post 2015 discourse on education, peace and sustainable development by leading an intellectual and policy dialogue in this area. As the leading specialized agency on education for peace and sustainable development (EPSD), the MGIEPs work is closely linked to post-2015 UN initiatives including the Sustainable Development Goals, and the UN Secretary Global Education First Initiative (GEFI). Our cutting edge research initiatives, innovation in education, policy, and curriculums, and youth programmes are aimed at creating a generation that can affect fundamental transformations for a better world.


UNESCO MGIEP plays a key role in determining the future of education, peace and sustainable development by fostering intellectual and policy dialogues in this area. As the leading specialized agency on education for peace and sustainable development, UNESCO MGIEP’s work is closely linked to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative (GEFI).