29.08.2017 - UNESCO Office in Santiago

Annual Report 2016. Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean

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The year was a critical one for the international development com-munity. With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Agenda by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015, we entered a new era.

The inter-sectoral character of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offers up fresh opportunities for UNESCO, allowing us to bring our expertise to efforts in a wide range of areas across the policy spectrum. At the same time, the vision of quality lifelong learning embedded throughout the Goals, and in particular SDG 4, is firmly aligned with UNESCO’s human-centred and integrated approach to education and learning.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, we are supporting Member States to adopt and implement this perspective in their plans, policies and programmes through sharing of knowledge and experiences. The context of the region – with its diversity of peoples, cultures and languages, its thriving civil society organizations and commitment to human rights, and its vulnerability to natural disasters – makes UNESCO’s contribution particularly relevant.

Looking back at 2016, the year was particularly focused on the consolidation of achievements made in key areas such as assessment of learning outcomes and technical and vocational education and training, together with actions to establish the mechanisms for implementing the Education 2030 Agenda.

The Bureau’s joint efforts with governments and other partners, after the natural disasters that occurred in Chile and Ecuador during the year, demonstrated our capacity to support the education sector following emergencies.

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