India and UNESCO to open Research Institute

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Sustainability’ has emerged out to be one of the most important words these days. In connection to it, India and UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organistation) has decided  to establish Mahatma Gandhi Institute Of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development as a UNESCO Category-I Institute in New Delhi, the first ever in the Asia Pacific region. In relation to it, the Union Minister of Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal and the Director General of UNESCO Ms. Irina Bokova signed an agreement.

The core activity of the institute will lie in research and capacity building. It will encourage knowledge exchange, regional networking and catalyse innovation by helping to design and test new approaches to education. The Institute would be greatly inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s vision of peace and sustainability.

As said by Sibal, The Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development comes at the right time – a time when the world is debating the contours of the century ahead. He also informed that the signing of the agreement is the culmination of a process of three years commencing with the decision by UNESCO’s 35th General Conference in 2009.

Irina Bokova , Director General of UNESCO said that, UNESCO is preparing its next strategy to advance peace and promote sustainable development. She further informed that an Expert Advisory Group would soon be set up by UNESCO to develop an agenda for the Institute.