SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee


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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development comprising of 17 goals, adopted by the global community in September 2015, is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity.

Established in 2016, the SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee (SC) is the global coordination mechanism for the education goal, Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4).

Its primary objective is to support Member States and partners to achieve the ten targets of SDG4 and other education-related targets of the global agenda.

Hosted by UNESCO and convened once or twice a year, the SC is one of the main mechanisms for Education 2030 coordination and partnerships as defined by the Education 2030 Framework for Action.

An inclusive high-level stakeholder partnership, the SC provides a forum for discussion and a structure to coordinate global education efforts. It is mandated to provide strategic guidance to Member States and the education community, make recommendations for catalytic action, advocate for adequate financing, and monitor progress toward SDG4 targets through UNESCO's Institute for Statistics and the Global Educational Monitoring Report (GEMR).

One of its key roles is to ensure the systematic alignment of approaches for education-related SDGs within the wider UN SDG structure.

Composition of the Steering Committee

The SC is composed of 38 members representing a majority from UNESCO Member States, as well as World Education Forum 2015 co-convening agencies (UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNWOMEN, ILO, World Bank), OECD, GPE, regional organizations, teacher organizations and civil society networks. Affiliated members, which include representatives of the private sector, foundations, youth and student organizations are also part of the Committee. All members are designated by their respective constituencies, represent them and are accountable to them. Rotation of members of each constituency takes place every two years.

How does it work?

The SC meets once or twice a year to discuss and take decisions on priority issues.  It is supported by four working groups, which provide technical input and recommendations for adoption by the Committee as a whole.

Each working group focuses on one of four thematic issues:

1. Review, monitoring and reporting

Proposes recommendations relating to: the implementation of the monitoring and indicator frameworks at global, regional and national levels; coordinates/harmonizes and maintains consensus around review, monitoring and reporting on SDG at global, regional and country level across partners and institutions and facilitates and communicates the endorsement of indicator frameworks elaborated in the UIS-led Technical Cooperation Group.

2. Policies and strategies

Develops recommendations on follow-up actions at global, regional and country level based on the findings and recommendations of the GEMR and other relevant reports on SDG-Education 2030 progress including  on policies, strategies, practices and capacity building and proposes actions to facilitate implementation of SDG4.

3. Financing

Suggests strategies and recommendations on finance and resource mobilization for SDG-Education 2030, engages, among others, with other global financing mechanisms for education and seeks means to align and avoid duplication of efforts in resource mobilization.

4. Advocacy and communication

Develops communication and advocacy actions based on the findings of the working groups and proposes actions to advocate for increased political commitment to SDG–Education 2030.

How does it link to the UN SDG structure?

The SC engages with the wider UN SDG structure at global and regional levels. At the global level, it responds to requests for inputs including from the High-level Political Forum, the UN’s central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda.  At the regional level, the SC interacts with regional commissions and other fora.