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Institutional Mechanisms

The institutional mechanisms to implement APEID's activities include: the APEID Secretariat based in the UNESCO Bangkok office; the newly established APEID Standing Committee; a regional consultation process; the APEID Associated Centres; national co-ordinating mechanisms through the National Commissions for UNESCO; and the APEID networks.

APEID Secretariat
The APEID Secretariat is an integral part of the UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education based in Bangkok, Thailand. Headed by the APEID Co-ordinator, the Secretariat facilitates, co-ordinates, supports and implements activities in close collaboration with Member States, National Commissions for UNESCO, Associated Centres, APEID networks and other units at the Regional Bureau, UNESCO field offices in the region, UNESCO Headquarters, UN agencies, and governmental and non-governmental organizations. Key activities include the promotion of innovative ideas and approaches for quality education; the promotion and support of intercountry and regional co-operation; the provision of technical assistance and services; and the dissemination of relevant knowledge and information.

APEID Standing Committee Meeting 2007

APEID Standing Committee
The APEID Strategic Development Meeting, held in Japan in 2004, recommended that an APEID Standing Committee be formed to advise, guide, monitor and mobilize resources for APEID's programme areas and activities. The Standing Committee was established in 2005. Each of the six sub-regions, namely, East Asia, the Greater Mekong Sub-region, South-East Asia, South Asia, Central-West Asia and the Pacific, is represented on the Standing Committee. Other members are selected from relevant experts in the region and from countries which substantially support APEID's activities. The Standing Committee currently comprises one representative each from 11 National Commissions of selected countries in the region, the Director of UNESCO Bangkok and the Co-ordinator of APEID. The Standing Committee meets at least once a year to discuss the implementation of APEID programmes, particularly to:

  • identify the current education challenges and needs of Member States in the Asia-Pacific region;
  • mobilize both human and financial resources to support APEID's programme activities;
  • recommend new institutional mechanisms and modalities to facilitate APEID's work in promoting education innovation for development in the region;
  • prepare the Framework of Action for the six-year Programme Cycle; and
  • recommend experts in core programmatic areas to be called upon as necessary for substantive contributions to the programme.


Regional Consultation Process

The regional consultation process is embodied in the regional consultation meetings, which are held periodically to review the work and assess the effectiveness of APEID and to develop new activities. The consultation meetings provide the means to keep priorities consistent with the nature and concerns of Member States.

The regional consultation process involved in the preparation of the APEID 8th Programme Cycle included the presentation of a preliminary draft to the inaugural meeting of the APEID Standing Committee in December 2006 and to an Experts' Consultative Meeting in May 2007, both of which were held in Bangkok. This document also includes outcomes from the World Conference on Higher Education Follow-up Meeting in July 2007, the Strategic Roundtable Meeting on Technical and Vocational Education and Training in August 2007, and the Regional Meeting of UNESCO Education Staff in September 2007. In addition, this document was circulated to all the Member States' UNESCO National Commissions and to members of the APEID Standing Committee for comments and feedback before it was revised again for presentation at the Second APEID Standing Committee Meeting on 11 December 2007.

APEID Networks
APEID networks include:

  • Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet)
  • Asia-Pacific Network for International Education and Values Education (APNIEVE)
  • University Twinning (UNITWIN)/UNESCO Chairs
  • Global University Networks for Innovation - Asia Pacific (GUNI-AP)
  • Asia-Pacific UN Interagency Steering Committee for the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development
  • Asia-Pacific Regional Consultative Group for the DESD
  • ESD Monitoring Network
  • Asia-Pacific Regional Network of Teacher Education Institutions to Address ESD (ESD-NET)
  • Teacher Education Institutions for Information and Communication Technologies
  • UNESCO-UNEVOC Centres Please refer to Annex 1 for information on each of the APEID networks.