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2018 Global Education Meeting reaffirms the right to inclusive and quality education for all

2018 Global Education Meeting (3-5 December) brought education leaders from all around the world together in Brussels to review the progress towards the universal global education commitments since adoption of 2030 Agenda.

2018 Global Education Meeting (3-5 December) brought education leaders from all around the world together in Brussels to review the progress towards the universal global education commitments (SDG 4) since adoption of 2030 Agenda. Organized by UNESCO and hosted by the government of Belgium, the meeting addressed urgent priorities in a world where there are still 262 million out-of-school children, adolescents and youth.

During the Global Education Meeting, four high-level ministerial panels were held focusing on:

  • Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and gender equality in education;
  • Ensuring the right to education for migrants and refugees;
  • Rethinking the role of teachers in a changing landscape;
  • Skilling and re-skilling for life and work.

In the margins of the meeting, The European Commission's Director-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) Stefano Manservisi addressed the Ministers and Vice Ministers at the ministerial participating at the lunch hosted by UNESCO and shared the EU’s policy on education in international cooperation and development. Underlining that business as usual will not secure achievement of SDG4, the Director-General reflected on that education is critical in preparing individuals to be ready to respond to modern society and labour market opportunities and insisted in that investing in young people’s education can improve productivity and create greater prospects for a stronger social cohesion and peace.

Marjeta Jager, DG DEVCO Deputy Director-General participated in a high-level discussion on global aid architecture for education. In her intervention, she underlined the need for an adequate international education financing architecture that promotes complementarity and adheres to aid effectiveness principles without increasing transactional burden on our partner countries.  Towards this aim, the EU attaches the utmost importance to finding synergies and complementarities between bilateral financing and global initiatives in the partner countries.

Aida Liha Matejicek, Head of Unit DG DEVCO B4 Culture, Education and Health was part of the panel on ‘Regional Perspectives on SDG 4-Education 2030’ to discuss the progress, priorities and key policy messages from regional SDG4-ED2030 consultations. She stressed the fact that both domestic and international financing must be improved if the SDG4 targets are to be met by 2030.

The outcome statement of the Global Education Meeting – the Brussels Declaration- reaffirms the right to inclusive and quality education for all and warns that the world is not on track to achieve the SDG4 targets by 2030. It highlights the fundamental role of education as a key driver for sustainable development and calls for strengthened collective action on SDG4 within the 2030 Agenda.

Click here to access the key priority messages from the Brussels Declaration, which will feed into the UN High Level Political Forum in 2019.

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11 December 2018

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