Brief report on the Asia-Pacific Regional strategy workshop at Bangkok
Madhavi Joshi, Programme Coordinator, CEE, participated at the workshop on the draft strategy for the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development in Asia-Pacific at Bangkok from February 1-3, 2005. The Regional Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Strategy Workshop was convened in Bangkok by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations University/Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU/IAS) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) with the generous support of Japanese Funds in Trust. The workshop brought together experts from the region for a participatory and interactive workshop to draft key sections of the Regional Strategy. The Regional Strategy will be based on the outcomes of this workshop, research results from a situational analysis of ESD and contributions made during the many consultations held throughout 2004 with different stakeholder groups.

The Strategy will focus on collaboration and networking and the workshop addressed each of these sections in breakout sessions. The key sections of the Regional Strategy are: the core issues for ESD in the Asia-Pacific; the roles of stakeholders; and monitoring and evaluation for the promotion and coordination of ESD efforts in the region during the DESD. The Regional Strategy will be an open document that is adaptable to the changing needs of the Decade (2005-2014).

Madhavi presented the situational analysis study carried out for South Asia by CEE. She also shared the Ahmedabad Declaration from the ESF Conference at Ahmedabad and distributed copies of a publication which contained inputs for the Draft Implementation Strategy Document. A meeting of all delegates from South Asia was held to identify key areas of action for the region. Some key actions include initiating an electronic network, developing joint programmes to create awareness about ESD in the region.