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UNICEF and UNESCO Unite with Partners to Define Education’s Role Beyond 2015

NEW YORK, 28 August 2012 – UNICEF and UNESCO, with other United Nations (UN) agencies and NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations), will launch a six-month “global conversation” with leading education stakeholders in September. Participants include governments and local authorities, international and regional organizations, the private sector, technical and vocational education and training institutions, NGOs, civil society and community-based organizations. 

As we approach 2015, there is an urgent need to review progress towards the Education for All (EFA) and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and discuss new options on how they can be achieved. United Nations Development Group (UNDG) is leading planning efforts to catalyse this “global conversation” on post-2015 through 50 national consultations and nine global thematic consultations by March 2013.

The global education consultation will be carried out through an interactive web platform, internet-based talks and face-to-face meetings, and will have four main components:

  1. Regional meetings to analyse the relevant themes integrated into established EFA or other education meetings and post-2015 platforms and fora.
  2. A global consultation of education NGOs during the Collective Consultation NGO meeting from 24-26 October 2012 in Paris, France.
  3. Two global online consultations to engage youth/children and experts, academics, development partners and NGOs.
  4. A global meeting of ministers, officials, representatives, civil society, NGO coalitions, UN partners, and the Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel  to discuss the key three themes and identify trends, gaps and opportunities, develop ideas and examine policies for greater quality education for all.

The outcomes will be published in a report to the United Nations Development Group and will contribute to the shaping of the post 2015 development agenda.

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org

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For more information, please contact:
UNESCO, Sue Williams,
Tel. +33 (0)1 45 68 17 06

Shimali Senanayake, UNICEF New York
Tel: + 917 265 4516

Morgan Strecker, UNICEF New York
Tel. + 1 212 326 7276




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