A new publication launched by UNESCO Bangkok and UNU-IAS titled, “Multi-stakeholder Approaches to Education for Sustainable Development in Local Communities: Towards Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Asia”, presents a collection of case studies from Regional Centres of Expertise (RCEs) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in the Asia-Pacific region, demonstrating innovative approaches to ESD through multi-stakeholder partnerships at the local level.
As highlighted in this publication, local communities are the driving force of a sustainable society and a crucial part of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 11 case studies feature the importance of community engagement and action, whilst aiming to facilitate collaborative and transformative learning in order to affect change for sustainability. Themes covered range from health, to biodiversity conservation, responsible consumption and production, and sustainable cities, contributing to a broad spectrum of SDGs in the process.
First presented at the Symposium on ‘Sustainable Development Goals: From Goals to Action’, in conjunction with the 10th Asia-Pacific RCE Regional Meeting held on 2–4 November 2017 at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi, India, these examples demonstrate how education and learning coupled with multi-stakeholder engagement can effectively drive community action to tackle sustainable development challenges at the local level and towards achieving the global goals.
Thank you to all of the RCEs and those involved in the production of this publication, and for the contributions and support from UNESCO Bangkok.