Sustainable Development Goal 4 on Education

Following the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015 at the UN in New York, which includes SDG 4 on education, the global education community adopted the  Framework for Action in November 2015 at UNESCO in Paris. The Framework for Action aims to provide guidance for the implementation of the education goal to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” by 2030.

As the UN Specialized Agency for education, UNESCO will lead and coordinate the implementation of the SDG4 agenda based on the Framework for Action. It will do so in partnership with other key stakeholders and guided by a Steering Committee made up of representatives of Member States, co-convening agencies (UNESCO, UNICEF UNDP, UNHCR, UNFPA and UN Women, the World Bank, and ILO), GPE, NGOs, Teacher organizations, OECD, and regional organizations.

UNESCO will also continue to monitor and report on the education goal in the 2030 Agenda as it has done in the past for the Education for All Goals and the education-related MDGs. The Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report will be the mechanism for monitoring and reporting on SDG 4 and on education in the other SDGs, with due regard to the global mechanism to be established to monitor and review the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It will also report on the implementation of national, regional and international strategies to help hold all relevant partners to account for their commitments as part of the overall SDG follow-up and review.

More specifically, UNESCO will provide:

  • Strategic support and guidance to countries as they review education sector and national development plans to ensure alignment with SDG4;
  • Support for national coordination mechanism(s) while ensuring they are linked to cross-sectoral SDG-related mechanisms being set up in many countries;
  • Support for monitoring and evaluation and contextualization of indicators (led by the UNESCO Institute of Statistics);
  • Capacity development at national level (including data collection, analysis, monitoring and reporting; education information management systems; knowledge on policies and planning adapted to local conditions); and
  • Advocacy and communication.


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