Regional Thematic Consultation 2013


As we approach two important milestones in 2015 – the target date for achieving the EFA goals and the MDGs, debates on the post-2015 development agenda are accelerating.  

Numerous consultations on the post-2015 development agenda as well as on the vision, shape, scope and position of the post-2015 education agenda were undertaken at global and regional levels within and outside of the UN system.  

As part of the ‘Global Conversation’ initiated by the UNDG, UNESCO and UNICEF have been co-leading the Global Thematic Consultation on Education in the post-2015 Development Agenda through online discussions, a series of regional meetings held in the African, Arab, Asia and Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean regions, consultative meetings with NGOs and the private sector, and a global meeting held in Dakar in March 2013.  

In this view, a regional thematic consultation Education in the post-2015 Development Agenda was held for Western European and North American States (UNESCO Group I Countries on 5 – 6 December 2013 at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, co-hosted by UNESCO and UNICEF and supported by several development partners including France, Germany and Canada.  

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss challenges and requirements of education for the future among Group I countries; debate on how these could be reflected in the post-2015 education agenda based on future policy priorities from a regional perspective and reflect on their implications for the post-2015 education agenda from an aid perspective.  

The objectives of the consultation are to:  

  • Exchange information on major challenges and achievements in education, notably in relation to the education-related MDGs and EFA;
  • Identify key education priorities to be included in the post-2015 education agenda from a regional perspective;
  • Discuss how to best articulate and position education as a critical part of the overall development agenda post 2015; and
  • Discuss the modalities of the follow-up and monitoring of post-2015 education agenda at national, regional and global level from the perspective of Western European and North American countries.
  • Discuss the role of Group I countries as donors in the post-2015 education agenda.  How can aid become more strategic and effective and what new partnerships can be built to support countries lagging behind?

Expected Outcomes  

  • Information made available on good practices in education policies and practices in Group I countries
  • National and regional priorities for future orientations for education identified as well as key areas to be included in the post-2015 education agenda
  • Recommendations made on possible modalities of the follow-up of a post 2015 education agenda as regards
        - Policies and practices at national and regional levels
        - The role of group I countries as donors
        - Monitoring
        - Aid  

Format and participation

This regional thematic consultation meeting brought together high-level technical experts from education ministries and bi-lateral development agencies supporting global education development of UNESCO Member States from Group I countries (Western European and North American States), the EFA convening agencies, the Global Partnership for Education, United Nations and regional organizations, the teaching profession, academia, civil society organizations (CSOs), youth, research institutes and foundations.

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