Launch of ‘Textbooks for Sustainable Development: A guide to Embedding’ at the 3rd Asia-Pacific Meeting on Education 2030′

Organised by UNESCO Bangkok – Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education with the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP), UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO) and UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA).


Since the adoption of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda in September 2015, the Asia-Pacific Meeting on Education 2030 (APMED2030) has served as a convening platform for education officials and development partners in the region to learn about the latest global and regional developments on Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4), to collectively discuss progress, opportunities and challenges in implementing SDG4-Education 2030, to develop capacities for the implementation of the SDG4-Education 2030 agenda in the Asia-Pacific region.

In November 2016, a survey conducted by UNESCO Bangkok as part of preparations for the 2nd APMED2030 identified countries’ progress in carrying out follow-up SDG4-Education 2030 activities and the feasibility of the indicative strategies and monitoring indicators of the education targets as provided in the Education 2030 Framework for Action. Among the key survey findings as indicated by the majority of countries in the region, was the strong need to dedicate more attention to SDG Target 4.7.

In particular, Member States expressed the need for support in understanding key concepts and terms concerning SDG target 4.7 which are very broad and contain a variety of issues and themes. The participants also indicated the need for capacity development particularly in the areas of measuring, monitoring and evaluating SDG target 4.7.

In view of these requirements, the 3rd APMED2030 has the following objective:

To enhance Member States’ understanding and capacity to mainstream elements of SDG target 4.7 [i.e. education for sustainable development (ESD), global citizenship education (GCED), human rights education, peace education, health education, etc.] at all levels of education and into policies, plans, curricula, teaching and learning practices, and assessment, and to operationalize, monitor and report on SDG target 4.7.

Expected Outputs

Regional recommendations on:

1) mainstreaming elements of SDG target 4.7 at all levels and into education policy, plans, curriculum, teaching and learning practices, and


2) monitoring of and reporting on SDG target 4.7;

3) regional level support to Member States;

4) strategic partnership development for SDG target 4.7

5) Draft national action plans to operationalize and monitor SDG target 4.7.

UNESCO MGIEP interventions:

  • UNESCO MGIEP will be presenting the key highlights of the state of education for peace, sustainable development and global citizenship in Asia-Pacific based on the policy and curriculum review carried out by UNESCO MGIEP, followed by a panel focusing on articulating a global vision in local terms. The panel will share insights to contextualize the target in local contexts.
  • UNESCO MGIEP will also launch its Textbooks for Sustainable Development: A guide to Embedding. The Embedding Guide offers concrete guidance for authors of mathematics, science, language and geography textbooks on how to ‘embed’ peace, sustainable development and global citizenship in textbook content. The guidebook builds on existing work in ESD and related areas such as global citizenship education, peace education, human rights education, environmental education, development education, global education, global learning and others. Textbook authors and educators are encouraged to use this guidebook as a source of ideas, tools and methods that can help to enrich content and pedagogy and produce a new generation of textbooks.

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Shankar Musafir, Lead Programme Officer

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Date(s) - 04/07/2017 - 07/07/2017
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dusit Thani Hotel

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