Innovation & Education

Advancing knowledge generation and lifelong learning for sustainability

Classroom of people

Building more sustainable societies relies fundamentally on fostering creative, innovative solutions and empowering individuals through education. UNU-IAS accelerates knowledge generation and lifelong learning for a sustainability transformation through policy-oriented research, capacity development and partnerships. Focusing on education for sustainable development (ESD), we advance the global ESD for 2030 Agenda to engage learners of all ages in achieving the SDGs, harnessing innovative technology to reach the marginalized. In doing so, UNU-IAS mobilizes global and regional networks, including the Regional Centres of Expertise on ESD (RCEs) and the higher education alliance Promotion of Sustainability in Postgraduate Education and Research Network (ProSPER.Net).

Upcoming Events

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RCE Youth Art Challenge Exhibition: From Waste to Art

TOKYO: This exhibition will showcase winning artworks by youth from around the world focusing on SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production).



Side Event Promotes Digital Technology for Culture Education

A session at the UNESCO World Conference on Culture and Arts Education discussed how to safeguard intangible cultural heritage using digital tools.

04 Mar 2024


Catalyzing Education for Sustainable Development through Local Action

A session of the UNESCO ESD-Net 2030 Global Meeting discussed whole-of-society approaches.

19 Dec 2023

Children with drought

Asia-Pacific Regional Synthesis: Climate Change, Displacement and the Right to Education

Evidence-based recommendations for building national education systems that are resilient to climate change and minimise learning disruption during displacement.
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Education for Sustainable Development - RCEs and ProSPER.Net

The aim of this project is to generate, accelerate and mainstream Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

27 Nov 2020


Enhancing Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) Safeguarding and Transmission Using ICT in Luang Prabang

This project aims to enhance the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in the World Heritage Site town of Luang Prabang, in Lao PDR.

13 Jan 2022


K-Eco Global Net-Zero Partnership (K-GNP)

This project aims to develop research-based capacity building modules for effective implementation and governance of the Paris Agreement.

17 May 2022


Regional Research on Climate Change Displacement and the Right to Education

The aim of this project is to establish understanding of climate change displacement across the Asia Pacific region to inform policy recommendations.

13 Jan 2022