On the overall theme of innovation for peace and sustainability, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova will participate in the G7 Kurashiki Education Ministers’ Meeting on 14 May in Japan.
She will highlight that education is the smartest investment a society can make in its future and appeal for more effective, efficient and accountable action to bridge the funding gap.
The Ministerial meeting, which runs from 13 to 15 May, aims to provide a platform to share policies, experiences and ways forward for education to ensure that citizens are equipped with the competences and skills to cope with rapid change.
Hosted by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan, Mr Hiroshi Hase, the meeting is held in advance of the G7 Summit in Ise-Shima on 26-27 May. Leading up to this, Ministerial meetings have also taken place on foreign policy, ICT, energy, environment, science and technology and agriculture.
The Kurashiki meeting is expected to adopt a Declaration that focuses on three areas: education’s priority role in the new era; how to improve and enhance teaching and learning, and new paradigms for international cooperation.
The Declaration notably welcomes the Education 2030 Framework for Action, reaffirms the commitment of G7 countries to the SDGs and to building cooperative relations with UNESCO and OECD, and recognizes the key role of SDG4 to achieve progress across the Global Goals.
While in Japan, the Director-General will speak at United Nations University in Tokyo on the theme of soft power for peace.