US: UNESCO seeking to make quality education for all a reality

New York, US (PANA) - The Steering Committee of the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)-Education 2030 begins a two-day meeting in New York, US., seeking to provide a forum to coordinate global education efforts and guide action at country levels.

According to Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO: “In our mandated role to lead and coordinate SDG4, UNESCO convenes this multi-stakeholder SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee to ensure coordinated support for the realization of education targets and commitments within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”

She said: "Education is at the heart of sustainable development and the necessary foundation for achieving the SDGs by 2030."

“Since 2015, the education community - led by UNESCO - has come together even more determined to coordinate efforts, from the Incheon Declaration adopted at the World Education Forum in May 2015 to the Framework for Action leading to the first global Steering Committee for the implementation of a Sustainable Development Goal,” added Jordan Naidoo, Director of Education 2030, UNESCO.

“The Steering Committee provides the structure we need to bring together all partners and to work towards the common goal of quality education at national, regional and international levels,” continued Mr. Naidoo.

The Steering Committee is composed of 38 members representing a majority from Member States, as well as co-convening agencies, international and regional organizations. It is supported by four working groups focusing on policies and strategies; financing of education; review, monitoring and reporting; advocacy and communication.

For its third global meeting, the SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee will focus on:

    * National and regional perspectives on implementation of SDG4-Education 2030
    * Strengthening regional support for implementing SDG 4-Education 2030
    * Policy lessons and implementation strategies
    * Financing of education: Global and national perspectives
    * Review, Monitoring and Reporting of SDG4-Education 2030
    * Gearing up advocacy activities: maintaining the momentum.

According to UNESCO, Education in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is not restricted to SDG4, saying that the Steering Committee engages with the wider United Nations Sustainable Development Goal structure at global, regional and national levels.

At the global level, it responds to requests for inputs including from the High-level Political Forum, the UN’s central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda. Its role is of pivotal importance, bringing together efforts at national, regional and international level for coordinated efforts for education throughout life.
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29 june 2017 08:14:00

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