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3rd international conference of the UNESCO chair,

Rectors and presidents in charge of the different francophone higher institutions members of the Unitwin network will meet in Bordeaux (27, 28 and 29 May 2019) in order to take stock of education, training and research activities on sustainable development during the three years since the March 2016 conference and to define the 2019-2022 strategy of the chair in association with its different private and public partners. The theme of the conference will be: "Education for sustainable development, a transition lever for our societies"

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2nd Conference of the chair (Bordeaux, 14-15 March 2016)

The 2nd conference of the UNESCO Chair was held in Bordeaux on March 14 and 15, 2016. It brought together the heads of UNITWIN's 35 universities and 21 member countries, as well as their institutional and non-institutional partners.
The aim of this conference was to build on the progress of the United Nations Decade 2005-2014 for ESD and the results achieved by the Chair over the last five years, to define a new four-year strategy in reference to the United Nations "Global Action Plan for ESD" and its five priority areas of action.
The March conference also took into account the recommendations from major meetings global education forum (Korea, May 2015), the conference on climate change (COP 21 Paris, December 2015) and the implementation of the 17 Objectives of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which reflect the 8 Millennium Development Goals for Development (MDG).
In addition to the plenary sessions which made it possible to present the progress of the various actors in ESD and to consider the substantive issues related to the development of the 2016-2019 Strategy, the conference was an opportunity to hold eight thematic workshops on a variety of topics. related to sustainable development and ESD.

 
1st Forum for the UNESCO GAP

1st Forum for the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), 6-8 March 2017, Ottawa, Canada

UNESCO is the lead agency for ESD and coordinates the Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD as the follow up to the UN Decade of ESD. The Bordeaux UNESCO chair is a keep partner of this Global Action Programme.
The Review Forum for the GAP was organized in Ottawa (Canada) in March 2017 with the aim to review GAP implementation since its launch in November 2014 and discuss the way forward for the following years. The Forum also explored emerging ESD issues, trends and ideas, and highlighted innovative approaches.
During the Conference, the different members of the GAP partner network met and discussed the Flagship Programme of the  GAP under which an Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Policy and Action Pact has been developed. The Pact can be signed by local governments, both rural and urban, pledging action on promoting education for sustainable development.

1rst Forum for the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), 6-8 March 2017, Ottawa, Canada

UNESCO is the lead agency for ESD and coordinates the Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD as the follow up to the UN Decade of ESD. The Bordeaux UNESCO chair is a keep partner of this Global Action Programme.

The Review Forum for the GAP was organized in Ottawa (Canada) in March 2017 with the aim to review GAP implementation since its launch in November 2014 and discuss the way forward for the following years. The Forum also explored emerging ESD issues, trends and ideas, and highlighted innovative approaches.

During the Conference, the different members of the GAP partner network met and discussed the Flagship Programme of the GAP under which an Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Policy and Action Pact has been developed. The Pact can be signed by local governments, both rural and urban, pledging action on promoting education for sustainable development.

 
2nd Forum for the UNESCO GAP

2nd Forum for the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), 25-27 April, San Jose, Costa Rica

As the GAP will end in 2019, UNESCO is carrying out a series of global consultations to reflect on the post-GAP period and the future of ESD. At the event, which took place at the University for Peace in the Central Valley of Costa Rica, UNESCO consulted with the GAP Partner Network  on a draft position paper on the future of ESD. The three-day meeting, organized by UNESCO Headquarters and UNESCO San Jose in cooperation with Earth Charter, included discussion and planning on the work of the Partner Networks until 2019.  
The first day included interactive town-hall discussions using an online survey tool and subsequent debates over key questions. Issues addressed ranged from the importance of ESD to the achievement of the SDGs, to its role in promoting values and sustainable lifestyles, especially among youth.
The second day built on these discussions through group visits to various ESD-related sites around San Jose. In the afternoon, world café discussions allowed participants to reflect on the position paper in view of observations made during the site visits.
The sharing of opinions, perspectives, priorities and good practices continued into the last day, which mainly centred on the successes and challenges of the current GAP flagship projects' implementation, which is funded by Japan. One such flagship projects was the youth leadership programme on ESD, which saw regional, local and national capacity-building workshops on ESD successfully organized for 292 youth from 93 countries in total, who then conducted their own workshops empowering over 11,000 youth around the world.  Other flagship projects focused on the role of the local community in mobilizing ESD or on policy processes for integrating ESD into academic arenas and building the capacities of administrations and teachers.
The closing of the meeting also celebrated the launch of a new UNESCO publication "Issues and trends in Education for Sustainable development".  It aims at providing policy-makers, educators, and other stakeholders with state-of-the-art analyses of topical issues pertaining to ESD.

 
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Network's members

French University of Armenia (UFAR, Erevan, ARMENIA)
Université d'Abomey-Calavi (UAC, Cotonou, BENIN)
2iE Institut, Ouagadougou (2iE - BURKINA-FASO)
UQAC Université du Québec (Chicoutimi, CANADA)
Université Laval (Quebec, CANADA)
Université Yaoundé 1 (Yaounde, CAMEROON)
Université Nangui Abrogoua (Abidjan, IVORY COAST)
Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny
(Abidjan, IVORY COAST)
Université Jean Lorougnon Guédé (Daloa - IVORY COAST)
Suez University
(Suez, EGYPT)
Université des Antilles (Pointe-à-Pitre, FRANCE)
Université Jean Moulin (Lyon3, FRANCE)
Université Bordeaux Montaigne (Bordeaux, FRANCE)
University of Reunion Island (Saint-Denis, FRANCE)
Campus Véolia (Jouy Le Moutier, FRANCE)
University of Pannonia (Veszprém, HUNGARY)
La Sagesse University
(ULS, Beirut, LEBANON)
Université Cadi Ayyad (Marrakech, MOROCCO)
Université Mohammed V (Rabat, MOROCCO)
Université de Maurice
(Réduit, MAURITIUS)
Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD, Dakar, SÉNÉGAL)

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