The Sustainable Development Goals have been carefully developed through a three-year process involving UN Member States, 83 national surveys engaging over 7 million people, and thousands of actors from the international community, making it the biggest consultation in UN history. A people-friendly language was adopted at the very beginning of the process to enable the mass global participation invoked at the inception of the Goals.
Convinced that the SDGs should not be separated from the global community who forged them, Gaia Education, in partnership with UNESCO GAP Secretariat, developed an educational tool – the SDGs Flashcards – and the associated Training for Multipliers to ensure their effective use.
The Training for Multipliers was designed to build the capacity of facilitators to hold the vitally important conversations on how to implement the 17 SDGs and their 169 targets at the local and regional scale, in ways that are carefully adapted to the biocultural uniqueness of each location.
In one year, from Hamburg to Santiago, UNESCO GAP Secretariat and Gaia Education have conducted 20 trainings, reaching over 1,000 people. Participants explore the 17 SDGs in question-focused small group conversations, to collaboratively identify actions and solutions aimed at implementing the global goals in ways that are relevant to their lives, communities, cities and regions.
“The SDGs training gave me a highly practical base for the implementation of these methodologies in a variety of contexts. Exceeded my expectations.”
“Great interactive sessions, came out with a much better idea of the SDGs and how to apply them.”