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Third United Nations Conference for Least Developed Countries (LDC III)
Brussels, 14-20 May 2001

Education for All and Sustainable Development in LDCs
Issue Paper

Interactive Thematic Session on Education for All - 16 May 2001

The objective of this paper is to present education for all (EFA) in the context of the internationally agreed strategy aimed at achieving the international development goal of reducing the proportion of people living in extreme poverty by at least one half by 2015. This is in line with the Draft Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2001-2010. More specifically, it represents UNESCO’s, UNICEF’s and other partners’ contribution to the objective of poverty reduction and sustainable development by high-lighting the role of EFA in this regard, with particular atten-tion to least developed countries (LDCs). The paper mainly relies on the diverse declarations and recom-mendations made during conferences organized by UNESCO and other United Nation’s bodies during the 1990s, which can be regarded as the decade of educational reflections, reforms and strategies, starting with the World Conference on Education for All ( Jomtien, 1990), which put basic education for all on educational and political agendas, the Fifth International Conference on Adult Education (Hamburg, 1997), the World Conference on Higher Education (Paris, 1998), the Second International Congress on Technical and Vocational Education (Seoul, 1999) and the World Conference on Science (Budapest, 1999), and culminating in 2000 with the World Education Forum (Dakar), which requested all Member States to develop or strengthen existing national plans of action by 2002 at the latest with a view to achieving basic education for all by the year 2015.

Related Links

-- Full text of the issue paper (pdf 508 ko) - french

-- The UNESCO and Least Developed Countries official website
-- L'UNESCO et les pays les moins avancés site web officiel

-- United Nations Organization (UN)
-- United Nations on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)