05.02.2018 - New York Office

UNESCO highlights the importance of education and social inclusion for the eradication of poverty at the Commission for Social Development

© UNESCO: Ms Lily Gray addressing the Commission of Social Development

UNESCO highlights the importance of education and social inclusion for the eradication of poverty at the Commission for Social Development

At the 56th session of the Commission of Social Development, UNESCO New York delivered a statement at the plenary on ‘Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all’, deliberating on the findings of the Secretary-General’s Report on the priority theme. In this context, UNESCO noted with appreciation the important role given to the need to provide equitable and inclusive quality education to all to eradicate poverty in all forms - UNESCO priorities in the field of education and social and human sciences.

UNESCO leads the coordination of the implementation and monitoring of the education related goals and targets through the SDG Education 2030 Steering Committee, the global multi-stakeholder coordination and partnership mechanism for education in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Monitoring of the progress toward education related goals and targets is ensured by the UNESCO Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report. To this end, UNESCO supports Member states in developing education systems to foster high quality and inclusive lifelong learning for all; empowering learners to be creative and responsible global citizens; and leading and coordinating the Education 2030 Agenda through partnerships, monitoring and research.

Ms Lily Gray from UNESCO New York highlighted highlighting the cross cutting nature of inequality and poverty in the 2030 Agenda, stating that ‘high and rising inequality not only hinders progress in poverty eradication, but also hampers any efforts to enhance social inclusion and social cohesion’.  The findings of the World Social Science Report 2016 “Challenging Inequalities: Pathways to a Just World” emphasize that investing in and closing the knowledge gap in social science research into inequalities will be vital to achieving the cross-cutting ambitions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Addressing this issue, UNESCO Management of Social Transformations programme (MOST) supports Member States in improving the quality of policy-making in the broad field of social development, by encouraging evidence-informed approaches through a sustained dialogue between researchers and policymakers.

Twenty-three sub-regional Forums have been organized since 2001 in different parts of the world. The last MOST Ministerial Forum was hosted by the Government of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur in March 2017, focusing on “Building Inclusive Societies” and in which “ageing” was one of its sub-themes. The next Forum the Government of Gabon and UNESCO’s MOST Programme, will be organizing a Ministerial Forum for Central Africa focusing on the eradication of poverty, and the discussions and outcome of the priority theme of the Commission for Social Development.




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