By Jo Bourne, Associate Director and Global Chief of Education, Programme Division, UNICEF
When discussions on the post 2015 agenda first started the education community faced a number of challenges: whether education would become a goal in the new framework? Whether to maintain a parallel set of education goals? What and how to prioritise? What to measure and how to measure it? How to communicate to decisions makers, and through political processes what might be both feasible and desirable to include for education in a post 2015 agenda?
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On 19 July 2014, the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) released their final report. The OWG set up by the General Assembly consisting of 70 Member States sharing 30 seats has been working over the past 18 months to develop a set of SDGs for the world.
This report is truly historic and represents a watershed moment for the United Nations. Never before has there been an articulation of all aspects of sustainable development – the social, the economic and the environmental – together in one place.
Discussions are currently taking place online at C20 Conversations to help shape civil society's recommendations to the G20 for a more inclusive and sustainable global economy. The C20 Conversations online crowdsourcing platform supported by UNDP aims to help shape civil society's recommendations to the G20 Summit in Australia in November 2014.
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Read more about education goals and targets for the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and why equitable and inclusive quality education and lifelong learning for all are critical to the Post-2015 Development Agenda
A high-level discussion on the post-2015 education agenda
Brussels, Wednesday 25 June 2014
Global consultations with governments, civil society, the private sector and youth have identified education as a central priority for the post-2015 development agenda. Despite tremendous progress in education since 2000, it is now clear that many countries will not reach the Education for All (EFA) goals and education-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the 2015 target date. Over 1.5 million of the 2.2 million My World Survey contributors identified “a good education” as they top priority. There is strong consensus on the need to finish the unfinished business of the EFA and MDG agendas, while going beyond the depth and scope of current goals to address new challenges, reach the most marginalized, and give heightened emphasis to equity, quality and learning.
During the 2014 Global EFA Meeting, held in Oman on 12-14 May, education leaders adopted the Muscat Agreement, endorsing a shared vision for the post-2015 education agenda. They pledged to galvanize international support behind the overarching goal to “ensure equitable and inclusive quality education and lifelong learning for all by 2030.” They also recommended seven bold global targets to translate this aspiration into action. UNESCO and UNICEF convened a discussion in Brussels to promote this bold new agenda for education and build support for its inclusion as a central pillar in the post-2015 development framework.
|Themes and Timeline of the Online Discussions|
|E-Discussion 1 - Equitable access to education||10 - 28 December 2012|
|E-Discussion 2 - Quality of learning||8-25 January 2013|
|E-Discussion 3 - Global citizenship, skills and jobs||23 January – 9 February 2013|
|E-Discussion 4 - Governance and Financing for Education||10 February - 3 March 2013|
Expected Output from the Online Discussions
Vote on My World 2015
Beyond 2015 - Coalition of CSOs
Post 2015 - ODI: Overseas Development Institute