Education in an Interconnected World: Ensuring inclusive and equitable development
The 2018 Global Education Meeting will review progress towards the global education targets and commitments in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Global Meeting will bring the global community together to take stock of progress and identify strategic priority areas requiring political guidance and intervention for the effective achievement of the global Education 2030 Agenda.
This high-level gathering will be a milestone in the assessment of education policies, strategies and challenges in preparation for the 2019 High Level Political Forum (HLPF). The 2019 HLPF will review in-depth the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) focusing on Education (SDG4). As such, the 2019 HLPF theme “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality” will frame discussions at the GEM. Focus will be given to the inter-linkages between SDG 4 and Goals 8 (Decent work and economic growth), 10 (Reduced Inequalities), 13 (Climate action) and 16 (Peace, justice and strong Institutions), paying particular attention to the issue of migration, displacement and refugees.
The Global Education Meeting will be informed by the outcomes of the five regional Education 2030 consultations undertaken throughout 2018 (Pan-Africa High-Level Conference on Education in April, Asia-Pacific Education 2030 Consultation in July; Latin American and Caribbean Ministerial Conference in July; Europe and North American Education 2030 consultation in October and Arab Ministerial Meeting in November), as well as by Voluntary National Reports. The meeting will also draw on the 2019 Global Education Monitoring Report to be launched on 20 November 2018. In addition to its continued assessment of progress towards education targets in the SDG agenda, the Report will examine the multifaceted processes and dynamics that link both voluntary and involuntary migration and education.
The Global Education Meeting will gather some 300 participants including UN agencies and affiliated organizations, multilateral and bilateral agencies, regional organizations, the teaching profession, civil society organizations, the private sector, foundations, as well as youth and student representatives among others.
The meeting is convened by UNESCO, in consultation with the SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee, and hosted by Belgium (Brussels, 3 to 5 December 2018). The three-day event comprises a Senior Officials’ meeting (1.5 days) with a Forum of parallel sessions organized by participating governments and partners on the afternoon of Day 1 and a Ministerial segment as of the afternoon of Day 2.