PERL is a Partner Network for GAP (UNESCO’s Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development). 

Selected by UNESCO, GAP Partner Networks drive implementation of the Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The Partner Networks consist of 80 major ESD stakeholders from all regions of the world with extensive outreach capacity and the ability to innovate and have major impact on ESD. UNESCO selects the members of the Partner Networks based on the GAP Launch Commitments received from stakeholders. 

The GAP Partner Networks serve as a global community of practice and exist for each of the five Priority Action Areas of the GAP:

1) advancing policy

2) transforming learning and training environments

3) building capacities of educators and trainers

4) empowering and mobilizing youth and

5) accelerating sustainable solutions at local level.


Partner Networks intensify synergies between the GAP activities of their members, the Key Partners, and catalyze further action from other ESD stakeholders. All activities focus on scaling up ESD efforts. The first meeting of the GAP Partner Networks was held in June 2015 in Paris.