» Steering Committee for the Education 2030 Agenda plots the roadmap for 2017-2019
09.12.2016 - Education Sector

Steering Committee for the Education 2030 Agenda plots the roadmap for 2017-2019

© UNESCO - UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education Mr Qian Tang with H.E. Dessima Williams. Special Adviser for the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, UN General Assembly

Members of the Education 2030 Steering Committee laid out a 2-year roadmap to translate the commitments of the Education 2030 Agenda into action.

The action plan came at the end of a two-day meeting at UNESCO Headquarters on 8-9 December, which saw 38 members of the Steering Committee discuss how to strengthen coordination at a regional and global level, cooperate with the Education Commission and endorse the tools for measuring progress. Overall the committee decided on how best to work together particularly in regard to advocacy, policy and strategy, monitoring and review, and financing.

“Education is at the nexus of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as a basic human right, as a force for empowerment, transformation and peace”, reaffirmed UNESCO Assistant Director- General for Education Mr Qian Tang opening the meeting on behalf of the Director-General Irina Bokova.

Addressing the meeting, at which civil society, international agencies, as well as country and regional representatives were present, Dessima Williams, Special Advisor for the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals at the UN General Assembly, underlined the importance of educating the public about the SDG agenda.

“If education systems are successful in doing that, we can be more confident that generation after generation will place the SDGs deep in their hearts and minds while holding their governments accountable,” she said.

First year milestone

Following a presentation from the Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, Sylvia Montoya, the Steering Committee endorsed indicators developed by a joint working group to track progress across the 10 targets of Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4).

Underlining the importance of education to achieve all the SDGs, Aaron Benavot, Director of the Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM), presented the findings of the 2016 GEM “Education for Peace and Planet” which explores education linkages across the SDGs.

Participants welcomed the contribution made by the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity in its report published in September. It was agreed that the idea of achieving a new Financing Compact for education to create a ‘Learning Generation’ - the main recommendation of the report – could be best realised by active liaison between the Steering Committee and the 25 high-level Commissioners of the Education Commission.

Harnessing country efforts

The second day of the meeting focused on how best to harness the efforts of countries, regional organizations and global mechanisms.

The committee recognized the important role that “champion countries” played in raising awareness through the UN Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative (2012-2016) which placed global citizenship education and education in emergencies on the political agenda. Given the universal nature of the Education 2030 agenda, they decided to develop platforms to share experiences among the countries on emerging issues in education.

The Steering Committee examined how to deepen cooperation at the regional level within broader regional processes and mechanisms, such as those already existing in the African, Arab and European regions and at the international level, including with the UN High-Level Political Forum, as well as with civil society and the private sector.

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