The E-9 Ministerial Meeting on Education 2030, organized jointly by the Government of Bangladesh and UNESCO from 5 to 7 February 2017, was the first high-level consultation of the partnership of the nine high-population countries (Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan) since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015. It culminated in the adoption of the Dhaka Declaration. The meeting not only reaffirmed the endorsement by the nine countries of the vision, principles, and targets laid out in Sustainable Development Goal 4 and the Education 2030 Framework for Action, but also “the role of the E-9 Partnership in advancing human solidarity, respect for human rights and human dignity.”
Opened in the presence of UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina, the meeting explored ways to meet new education challenges and opportunities in a fast-changing development context. Six E-9 education ministers and eight high-level representatives of E-9 countries participated in the meeting manifesting their strong political will to recast the E-9 Partnership to enhance both multilateral and bilateral cooperation among and between E-9 countries.
The meeting was also an important milestone in that it marked the transfer of the E-9 Chair from Pakistan, which ably led the partnership in the run-up to the World Education Forum 2015 and the adoption of the Incheon Declaration, to Bangladesh for the coordination and leadership of the E-9 Partnership in the implementation of SDG4-Education 2030 over the two years of 2017-2018.