Changing education to meet the Sustainable Development Goals in every region of the world

Following the adoption of the new global framework which will guide the advancement of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) during the next ten years, ‘ESD for 2030: Towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals’, UNESCO launched a Roadmap providing detailed guidance for Member States and other stakeholders for its implementation.

The Roadmap was launched through five regional online meetings, which took place in November 2020, reaching more than 8000 people across the world. During these events, governments, representatives of national and regional institutions exchanged their insights, ongoing efforts, key challenges, and future commitments on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) implementation.


ESD for 2030 aims to fully integrate ESD and the 17 Sustainable Development goals into policies and learning. It aims to transform society by reorienting education and help people develop knowledge, skills and values needed for sustainable development.

The roadmap addresses five priority action areas: advancing policy, transforming learning environments, building capacities of educators, empowering and mobilizing youth, and accelerating local level actions.

It also invites countries to develop national initiatives on ESD and emphasizes the need of a multi-stakeholder and multisectoral approach as well as international cooperation, which is why a global network of partners (ESD-Net) will be established. Resources mobilization, research and monitoring progress are also highlighted by the roadmap as important steps of ESD for 2030 implementation.


Further discussions regarding the implementation of the new global framework will take place at the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development, which will take place on 17-19 May 2021.

Watch the videos of regional launches of ESD for 2030 (see presentation showcased during the events):