09.07.2012 - Education Sector

Education partnerships and work skills on the menu at ECOSOC (New York, 10 - 12 July)


What contribution can education make to advance international development? Special attention will be given to work skills and partnerships in this regard at the coordination segment of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in New York, on 10-12 July.

Two panels on education will take place: “Mobilizing partnerships for development, including in the field of education”, on 10 July and “Addressing the challenges of the education/skills and job mismatch” on 11 July, at UN Headquarters in New York.  

The meeting will focus on following up to the 2011 ECOSOC Ministerial Declaration on "implementing the internationally agreed goals and commitments in regard to education" as well as to the International Conference on Financing for Development.  

For sustainable development to become a reality, it is necessary to engage in “green restructuring” of economies and means of production. How to improve work skills via education policies, changing curricula and new standards of qualifications will be the fundamental issue raised at the first panel, along with the role of the international community in achieving progress.  

In a context marred by economic difficulties and financial constraints, the question of how to foster and maintain relations between the public and the private sectors will be addressed by the second panel. In addition, dialogue with the Executive Secretaries of the Regional Commissions will address “Regional perspectives on youth and development”. 

The outcomes of two recent meetings are expected to contribute to and enrich the discussions, namely the Third International Congress on TVET, which UNESCO organized in Shanghai from 13-16 May, and a high-level conference on the impact of public-private partnerships in education is the topic of -hosted by UNESCO in partnership with the United Nations Office for Partnerships and the IDP Foundation on 25 May. 

UNESCO’s formal mechanisms for collaboration include partnerships with NGOs (the Consultative Consultation with NGOs, CCNGO/EFA), the private sector (The Global Initiative for Girls’ and Women’s Education, Partnerships for Education) and the Network of Parliamentarians for EFA. 

ECOSOC is a major forum for discussing world issues and preparing policy recommendations for Member States and the UN system. Each year, ECOSOC holds its Annual Ministerial Review in July. The July 2011 session focused on education for the first time. It is hoped that ECOSOC can help ensure that education continues to remain a priority beyond 2015.

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