UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office and UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Peace and Sustainable Development co-organize a study visit for a delegation from Turkmenistan
UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office and UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Peace and Sustainable Development (UNESCO MGIEP) jointly organized a study visit for a delegation of Turkmen Government officials to the UNESCO MGIEP Office in New Delhi, India from 3-5 April 2017. The delegation was composed of senior officials from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The main objective of the study visit was to introduce the Government of Turkmenistan to the Institute’s wide range of initiatives related to Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In 2013, Turkmenistan started advocating for the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda by holding a number of valuable events involving government, civil society, universities, schools and young people. When the 2030 Agenda was adopted, Turkmenistan set out to implement it across the country through a three-stage SDG roll-out process.
The result of these efforts is an agreement on a list of nearly 150 SDG targets and nearly 200 indicators to be achieved within the next 14 years. The Government of Turkmenistan is now working hard to integrate these targets and indicators into its national plans.
Owing to its firm commitment to the SDG agenda, the Government is keen to establish a National Training and Methodology Centre for the SDGs.
Formally opened in November 2012 and based in New Delhi, India, UNESCO MGIEP is a Category 1 Institute that specializes in research, knowledge sharing and policy formulation in the area of education for peace, sustainable development and global citizenship. The Institute’s programmes help education systems to adapt to rapidly changing contexts by delivering cutting-edge teaching and learning tools, research and youth-centred activities.
Given UNESCO’s role as the lead agency for Education for Sustainable Development, the study visit was a unique opportunity for Turkmen officials to visit UNESCO MGIEP and have its facilities, functions and operation explained by the Institute’s experts in the fields of ESD and the SDGs.
At the study visit, UNESCO MGIEP presented their key projects focused on theme of ESD and global citizenship, including the regional study Reviewing the Current State of Education for Peace, Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship (EPSG) in Asia and the Pacific and the LIBRE project which employs a range of rich multimedia tools for an immersive learning experience on pertinent issues such as migration, climate change and prevention of violent extremism. The Institute also talked about their gaming initiatives which convene leaders from various fields to innovate together around the theme of gaming and learning. Finally the Institute’s innovative youth programmes were likewise introduced to the participants, such as the YESPeace Network, the Campus Ambassadors Programme, the Youth-led Monitoring of SDG Target 4.7 and Youth 24x7.
To conclude the study visit, the Turkmen participants and representatives from the Institute discussed future plans for cooperation.
For further information about UNESCO MGIEP, please visit: http://mgiep.unesco.org/.
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