13.10.2016 - UNESCO Office in Doha

UNESCO Doha holds Second Sub-Regional Partners’ Meeting for SDG4-Education 2030 in UAE


As follow up to the First Sub-regional Partners’ Meeting which was held in Doha, Qatar on 1 June 2016, UNESCO Doha organized a Second Subregional Partners’ Meeting on 12 October 2016 in Dubai, UAE. The meeting was held following the coordination meeting on SDG4 Education 2030 in the GCC on 10-11 October 2016 in Dubai, UAE.

Led by UNESCO Doha and attended by 25 participants from various education partners from the GCC including among others : UNESCO Cat II Centers ; RCEP, RCQE and RCICT ; Regional partner such as ABEGS, UNESCO Beirut, UIS, and  IIEP, and other partners such as UNDP, UNICEF, Dubai Cares, Education Above All Foundation, and the British of University in Dubai ; the meeting affirmed the Sub-regional Education Partners’ role and commitments towards Education 2030 in the GCC.  The meeting likewise established coordination mechanisms and advocacy and communication tools to implement Education 2030 in the GCC.

The ED partners’ meeting was opened by Dr. Faryal Khan, on behalf of UNESCO Doha. Mr. Ashok Nigam, UNDP Country Director, and Resident Representative, KSA provided updates on the SDG initiatives. He highlighted the importance of the inter-relatedness of the SDGs and with education as cross-cutting issue.  

Dr. Abdulsalam AlJoufi, ABEGS, KSA led the discussion on Session 2 focused on Enhancing National – Sub-Regional Coordination Mechanisms in the implementation of SDG4-Education 2030. Ms. Yayoi Segi-Vltchek, UNESCO Beirut chaired session 3 where each ED partners shared their initiatives and updates in support of SDG 4. 

Ms. Naseem Awl, UNICEF, facilitated session 4 on setting the road map on implementing the SDG4-Education 2030 in the GCC. The partners agreed on their respective roles and responsibilities on the following areas or themes :

(1)  Mapping of data and data sources to enable monitoring of SDG 4 targets with Member States;  

(2) Capacity Development for Educational Planning for ED 2030;

(3) Educational Quality and Improved Learning Outcomes; and

(4) Financing for Educational Quality.

As a next step, the ED partners agreed to finalize the matrix on their roles and responsibilities on the above key priority areas and to provide tools and products on specific areas addressing the key priorities for implementing the SDG4-Education 2030 in the GCC.

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