Multilateral Agencies

Global Partnership for Education

The Global Partnership for Education fully supports the Global Education First Initiative as they share common goals. GPE is represented on the Steering Committee and issued this commitment to express its support to the Initiative’s goals. 


The United Nation's Children's Fund (UNICEF) is committed to ensuring that all children – regardless of gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic background or circumstances realize their right to a quality education. Working with a broad range of local, national and international partners, UNICEF aims to realize the educational and gender-equality goals established in the Millennium Declaration and the Declaration on Education for All. UNICEF advises GEFI's Youth Advocacy Group and provides communications support for the Initiative. The Executive Director is a member of the Steering Committee.


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. UNDP believes that the next global development agenda needs to go further, offering all children and young people the chance to get the education and skills they need for dignified, healthy, and productive lives. UNDP offers its full commitment to working with all the GEFI partners. The Administrator is a member of the Steering Committee.


With Director-General Irina Bokova serving as Executive Secretary of the Initiative’s High-Level Steering Committee, and by hosting the GEFI Secretariat, UNESCO has the responsibility for providing strategic direction, maintaining momentum and assessing progress made. As global coordinator of the Education For All movement, UNESCO also ensures the Initiative builds upon and reinforces existing education efforts. An intergovernmental organization with 195 Member States, UNESCO provides a platform for facilitating dialogue and strengthening cooperation among Ministries of Education to advance global education goals.


The United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative is a partnership spearheading strategies to tackle gender equality in education. UNGEI has worked with GEFI and many other development partners to collectively advance the GEFI priorities.


With offices in over 150 countries and territories, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, works to deliver a world where every young person's potential is fulfilled. UNFPA convenes partnerships with a broad range of partners, including youth-led organizations and networks, to promote young people's health and rights. It advocates for adolescent girls and the most marginalized young people, making the case that girls' education, especially secondary education, is one of the most effective ways to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development. UNFPA advises GEFI's Youth Advocacy Group, and its Executive Director is a member of the Steering Committee.

UN Women

UN Women is the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. UN Women is totally committed to universal education that opens every human being's possibilities and opportunities and promotes human rights and gender equality.  It believes in accessible, quality, public education for all. UN Women is a GEFI supporter and the Executive Director is a member of the Steering Committee.

World Bank

The World Bank is proud to be a partner of the Global Education First Initiative and is committed to the shared goal of ensuring Learning for All, which is the focus of our Education Strategy 2020. Education is not only a basic human right, but also a fundamental building block for eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity. Learning leads to better health, greater resilience to shocks, better jobs, less poverty and more security for the next generation. The World Bank President is a member of the Steering Committee.

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