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NGO Consultation on Global Initiative
UNESCOheadquarters, 2 March 2001
Bonvin Building, 1 rue MiollisRooms XIII and XIV

Overall objective

Formulate proposals for a plan of action for 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. Mapping of subsequent phases for the global initiative (content, mechanisms and milestones).

Provisional guidelines for participants

The consultation aims at ensuring the inclusion of the views and inputs of the NGO community to the UNESCO strategy paper Development Partner Cooperation in Support of Education for All: Rationale and Strategies which forms the background to the meeting. It is expected that the participants will have read it before the meeting and that, in its final form, it will be considered by all partners as the common strategy for the global initiative.

The NGO consultation 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 to both extend consultations to the wider agency environment and to involve NGOs as important stakeholders. It also includes a discussion of the Terms of Reference, composition and timing of the financial sub-committee which was proposed at the meeting of the Working Group. The meeting will consider its relevance as compared to setting up a committee with a somewhat wider mandate.

At the meeting, there will be two Working Groups organized around the six elements of paragraph 11 in the Dakar Framework for Action 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.

The Working Groups are also encouraged to reflect on the Terms of Reference for the financial sub-committee and on content, mechanisms and milestones for the global initiative in the context of the wider EFA process.

Immediately preceding the NGO consultation is a meeting of experts from bilateral and multilateral organizations (28 February-1 March 2001). The purpose of this meeting is, similarly, to reach consensus on the conceptual part of the strategy paper, design actions, and move towards a proposed scenario for the global initiative. The outcomes of this meeting will be presented to the NGO consultation as a starting point for the work in the Working Groups. It is expected that the majority of the participants in the agency meeting will also participate in the meeting with NGOs, allowing for exchange across constituencies in the EFA movement.



9.15-10:00 a.m. Registration Chair:

09.30-10.00 a.m. Opening address by Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO

10.00-10.30 a.m. Introduction to content of and process for UNESCO strategy paper Lene Buchert

10.30-11.00 a.m. Presentation of main outcomes of agency meeting Jean-Michel Severino

11.00-11.30 am. Coffee break

11.30 am-1.00 p.m. Group work

1.00 - 2.00 p.m. Lunch

2.00 - 3.30 p.m. Group work continued

3.30 - 4.00 p.m. Coffee break

4.00 - 4.30 p.m. Reporting of Working Groups

4.30 - 5.00 p.m. Consensus on inputs to strategy paper

5.00 - 6.00 pm Discussion of subsequent phases of UNESCO strategy paper and Dakar Follow-up, including financial sub-committee.

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