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* GUPES Partnerships Forum 2016
Launched in 2012, GUPES was the result of a consultative forum organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and its partners to increase successful involvement with universities. The goal of GUPES is to increase the mainstreaming of environment and sustainability practices and curricula into universities by supporting innovative approaches to education. This is done in accordance with the Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development, and in partnership with UNESCO, UNU, UNDESA, IAU and other organizations.
The pre-meeting of the GUPES Partnerships Forum 2016 offered the opportunity to discuss higher education contributions to the implementation of the SDGs, and provided inputs to the conference, in light of the education-related SDG targets (4.7, 12 and others). Around 50 participants from universities in Asia Pacific and other regions, and representatives of the UNEP EETU, UNESCO and other international and national organizations took part in the Meeting.