The Final Review Meeting on Revitalizing the Sub-regional Green School Actions for Education Sustainable Development 2030 and Response to COVID-19

UNESCO is the leading UN agency on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) since the adoption of United Nations Decade of Education on 2002. ESD is widely recognized as an integral element of 2030 Agenda, in particular Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4), and as a key enabler of all other SDGs. UNESCO is fostering stakeholder commitment to ESD , including nationwide multi-stakeholder initiatives (NAMSIs), expanding and reinforcing national and sub-regional partnerships and networking opportunities for ESD.

To contribute to the achievement of SDG4 and ESD, UNESCO Jakarta initiated an activity of “Revitalizing Green School Actions for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) for 2030 and as part of Education Response to COVID-19 to Build Sustainable, Peaceful, and Resilience in Southeast Asia. The initiative was implemented through the organization of a sub-regional Forum on ESD, on 22 September 2020, a virtual Training of Trainers (ToT) on 3-4 November 2020, and a study on “Policy Brief on Sub-regional Green School Actions for ESD and Response to COVID-19 and Impact Study Report on The Implementation of Green School Actions in Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines and Timor-Leste”.

On 10 December 2020, UNESCO Jakarta organized the Final Review Meeting of “Revitalizing the Sub-regional Green School Actions for Education Sustainable Development 2030 and Response to COVID-19” to present the findings in the draft report of the study and gather feedback from the Member States.

Mr Hans Dencker Thulstrup, Officer-in-Charge of UNESCO Jakarta, in his opening remarks stated that a partnership between member states and the international community is the only way forward to maintain and scale up commitment to education. With participation of 34 representatives from the Ministry of Education s, ASPNet Coordinators, teachers and principals, from Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and The Philippines, the Final Meeting has successfully gathered information and feedbacks to be incorporated to the “Policy Review and Impact Study Report”. The report aims to strengthen ESD Policy in the sub-regional level and seek to revitalize green school actions for climate change to build sustainable, peaceful and resilient Southeast Asia under the vision of ESD for 2030.