Education for people and planet: Creating sustainable futures for all


Launch date: 6 September 2016

The new Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report by UNESCO, shows the potential for education to propel progress towards all global goals outlined in the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs). It also shows that education needs a major transformation to fulfill that potential and meet the current challenges facing humanity and the planet. There is an urgent need for greater headway in education. On current trends, the world will achieve universal primary education in 2042, universal lower secondary education in 2059 and universal upper secondary education in 2084. This means the world would be half a century late for the 2030 SDG deadline. 



Background Papers

Statistical Tables


Policy Brief

Global Powerpoint

Concept Note

Online Consultation Website

Social Media Resources

Thematic Chapters

Planet: Education for environmental sustainability and green growth

Place: Inclusive and sustainable cities

Partnering for Prosperity: Education for green and inclusive growth

Peace: Building sustainable peace and global citizenship through education

Key resources



Forest Whitaker on the 2016 GEM Report
Aaron Benavot on the 2016 GEM Report
Irina Bokova on the 2016 GEM Report