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 (GEM) Report.
On 28 June, 2017 a High-Level Event on Education was convened by the President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thompson, in partnership with key SDG 4 stakeholders to drive a new push for inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all beacause "..education is the golden thread that runs through all 17 Sustainable Development Goals".
On 29-30 June, 2017 the third meeting of the SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee focused on:
National and regional perspectives on implementation of SDG4-Education 2030
The panel provided critical insights on implementation of SDG4-Education 2030 in a selection of national and regional contexts.
Strengthening regional support for implementing SDG 4-Education 2030
The session examined the role of regional organizations as policy peer learning mechanisms to enhance effective implementation of SDG4-Education 2030 targets and commitments, and in some cases, regional monitoring.
Policy lessons and implementation strategies
The objective of the session was to endorse a set of proposed recommendations for improved implementation in 2018 and 2019. The recommendations were based on a survey undertaken and identified both successes and challenges/barriers in the implementation of SDG4 targets and commitments since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda.
Financing of education : Global and national perspectives
The Session provided a general overview of and updated on key initiatives and developments in financing education, including GPE replenishment, the Education Cannot Wait (ECW) Fund and the Education Commission’s proposal to establish an International Financing Facility for Education. It aimed to endorse a set of recommendations on domestic financing, financing data and ODA (bi-lateral and multilateral donors), GPE replenishment and the ECW Fund, and develop action items for each of the recommendations to be taken forward by the SC.
Review, Monitoring and Reporting of SDG4-Education 2030
The session aimed to endorse a set of recommendations on review, monitoring and reporting. The session provided an update on: (1) the development of global frameworks to monitor the SDGs and SDG4 (4th Meeting of the IAEG; the UN Statistical Commission; the Technical Cooperation Group; the Global Alliance to Monitor Learning); (2) follow-up to the 2016 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report recommendations; (3) UN reporting through the High-level Political Forum (HLPF). The session also examined the criteria and issues to be considered for the possible prioritization of indicators and the development of a global lead indicator. In doing so, it examined the question of benchmarking and thresholds for indicators that may be prioritized. Finally, the session also considered the role/status of regional monitoring mechanisms based on ones already underway, and considered possible ways of supporting those efforts, and their applicability for other regions.
Gearing up advocacy activities: maintaining the momentum
Decisions on SC actions to take forward key strategic messages/recommendations for the implementation of SDG4-ED 2030 targets and commitments, including through engagement with key global and regional events.