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Meeting on Global Initiative > Programme
Meeting on Global Initiative
UNESCO headquarters, Bonvin, Room XIII and XIV, 1 rue Miollis
28 February - 1 March 2001

Overall objectives

Formulate a plan of action for implementation of paragraph 11 of the Dakar Framework for Action based on the draft strategy paper on the 'global initiative' developed by UNESCO.

Expected outcomes

1. Agreement on specific actions for the six elements of the 'global initiative'. 2. Agreement on subsequent phases for the global initiative (content, mechanisms and milestones).


The meeting forms part of a process which seeks to: (1) reach consensus on the conceptual part of the strategy paper; (2) design actions for implementation of the six options; and (3) agree on a proposed scenario for the global initiative in the context of the wider Dakar Follow-up process. This process takes into consideration the recommendations at the meeting of the Working Group on Education for All held at UNESCO Headquarters in November 2000 to both extend consultations to the wider agency environment and to involve NGOs as important stakeholders. Therefore, the meeting of bilateral and multinational agencies will be followed by an NGO consultation, taking place on 2 March, to which participants in the agency meeting are invited as well. It also includes the setting up of a sub-committee whose Terms of Reference and composition will be discussed in the meeting based on the attached draft Terms of Reference.

Meeting format

Working groups organized around the six elements in paragraph 11 as follows:

Working Group 1: (i) increasing external finance for education, in particular basic education; (ii) ensuring greater predictability in the flow of external assistance; (v) providing earlier, more extensive and broader debt relief and/or debt cancellation for poverty reduction, with a strong commitment to basic education.

Working Group 2: (iii) facilitating more effective donor coordination; (iv) strengthening sector-wide approaches; (vi) undertaking more effective and regular monitoring of progress in implementing actions in support of the 'global initiative'.

For objective 2: discussion in plenary session.

Provisional guidelines for group work:

Participants in the meeting are requested to select one of the two Working Groups. Each group will be led by a facilitator and will select its own rapporteur. The facilitator and rapporteur will be assisted by UNESCO. Due to interpretation needs, it may be difficult to form more than two Working Groups. It may be possible, however, to form sub-groups within the two Working Groups in case each Group can establish mono-lingual sub-groups. Each group is expected to reach consensus on recommendations for proposed actions to be considered in the UNESCO strategy paper which forms the background to the meeting. The UNESCO paper is expected to be endorsed, in its final form, by all partners and, thus, become a generally accepted strategy paper for the global initiative.

The UNESCO draft strategy paper has been enclosed with the letter of invitation for the meeting and is expected to be known to the participants before the meeting. Note that a number of development partners have already submitted comments to the contents of the paper which do not yet appear from the text. In order to assist the preparatory work for the meeting, a number of questions and issues are raised below for each Working Group which derive from the work already done on the paper and which necessitate consensus on actions. This list is not complete and other, perhaps even more pertinent issues should be considered as a basis for proposed actions.

Working Group 1:

What concrete actions should be taken in order to increase external finance for education and ensure greater predictability in the flow of external assistance?

To what extent do current HIPC schemes promote Education for All? If yes, why? If no, what actions need to be taken? What are the best country scenarios from which positive lessons could be drawn.

What concrete actions should be taken in order to ensure national resource mobilization?

What concrete actions should be taken in order to ensure that international funding best support national resource mobilization?

Working Group 2:

What are the major blockages to donor coordination at the country level and what actions need to be taken in order to overcome them?

What represents positive experiences in donor coordination at the country level from which positive lessons can be learned?.

What are the major blockages in sector-wide approaches and what actions can be taken to overcome them?

What are positive experiences in sector-wide approaches and what lessons can be learned?

What concrete actions need to be taken in order to ensure proper monitoring and surveying of the implementation of financial actions in support of the 'global initiative'?


Chair: Mr Jean-Michel Severino, Adviser to the UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education on Dakar Follow-up


09.00-09.45 Registration

10.00-10.30 Welcome by Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO

10.30-10.50 Introduction to content of and process for UNESCO strategy paper, Lene Buchert

10.50-11.00 Introduction to Programme and Group Work, Lene Buchert

11.00-11.30 Coffee break 11.30-13.00 Group Work

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.30 Group Work

15.30-16.00 Coffee break

16.00-17.00 Group Work

17.00-18.00 Discussion of subsequent phases of UNESCO strategy paper and Dakar Follow-up.


09.00-10.00 Report of Working Group1

10.00-11.00 Discussion of Working Group 1 report

11.00-11.30 Coffee break

11.30-12.00 Consensus on inputs to UNESCO strategy paper

12.00-13.00 Report of Working Group 2

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.00 Discussion of Working Group 2 report

15.00-15.30 Consensus on inputs to UNESCO strategy paper

15.30-16.00 Coffee break

16.00-18.00 Discussion of subsequent phases of UNESCO strategy paper and Dakar Follow-up.

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