Resolution adopted on the report of the ED Commission, 22 October 2009.
The General Conference,
Recalling the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which states in Article 6, paragraphs 1 and 2, that
“every child has the inherent right to life” and that “States Parties shall ensure to the maximum extent possible the survival and development of the child”; the World Declaration on Education for All (EFA), which states in Article 5 that “learning begins at birth”, and that “this calls for early childhood care and initial education”; and the Dakar Framework for Action, which urges, in paragraph 7, as the first EFA goal, “expanding and improving comprehensive early childhood care and education, especially for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children”,
Aware of the crucial role of EFA goal 1 in creating the foundation for lifelong learning and development, in achieving the other EFA goals and the Millennium Development Goals, and in promoting equity, inclusion and sustainable development,
Welcoming the initiative of the Russian Federation to collaborate with UNESCO in organizing a world conference in the Moscow, Russian Federation, to encourage governments to pay renewed attention to ECCE and to accelerate their efforts to attain the first EFA goal,
Recognizing that UNESCO has a mandate to support Member States in achieving all the EFA goals and to lead and coordinate the EFA movement,
1. Requests the Director-General to convene the World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education from 22 to 24 September 2010 in Moscow, Russian Federation, in order to reaffirm the importance of EFA goal 1 in the EFA and other development agendas, to identify policy gaps in early childhood care and education (ECCE) and develop concrete strategies for addressing them in the run-up to 2015 and beyond, to provide a global platform for policy dialogue, and to promote exchange of good practices in ECCE policy development and implementation;
2. Calls upon the Member States and UNESCO partners, intergovernmental organizations, other United Nations bodies and the private sector, to provide financial support, including extrabudgetary resources, for the World Conference and the regional preparatory processes;
3. Invites UNESCO Member States and partners, intergovernmental organizations, other United Nations bodies, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and civil society to cooperate in the preparation of the World Conference at both the regional and international levels, and to engage in follow-up actions.
* Since the Resolution was adopted, the actual dates of the World Conference have been changed