The Incheon Declaration, which was adopted in May 2015 at the World Education Forum 2015, represents the firm commitment of countries and the global education community to a single, renewed education agenda - Education 2030 - which is holistic, ambitious and aspirational, leaving no one behind. Calling for bold and urgent action to transform lives through a new vision for education, the Declaration entrusts UNESCO, as the United Nations' specialized agency for education, to continue its mandated role to lead and coordinate the Education 2030 agenda. The heart of Education 2030 lies at the country level and governments have the primary responsibility for successful implementation, follow-up and review. Country-led action will drive change, supported by effective multi-stakeholder partnerships and financing.
Subsequently, at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit Member States formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, committing ‘to providing inclusive and equitable quality education at all levels - early childhood, primary, secondary, tertiary, technical and vocational training' and underscoring that all people ‘should have access to lifelong learning opportunities'. The Agenda comprises a set of 17 bold, global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Recognizing the important role of education, it includes a strong goal on education (SDG 4), encapsulating Education 2030.
The Education 2030 Framework for Action outlines how to translate into practice the commitments made at Incheon at country, regional and global level and provides guidance for implementing Education 2030.