The International Conference on Girls’ and Women’s Literacy and Education: “Foundation for Sustainable Development” held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on International Literacy Day, 2014, called for putting literacy and education first as key levers for sustainable development, with a particular focus on girls and women.
This was adopted through the Dhaka Declaration on 8 September 2014. Stressing the importance of a holistic approach to literacy and sustainable development, the Declaration outlines recommended measures to accelerate progress, and urges the integration of literacy and lifelong learning into the post-2015 development agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals.
“The Dhaka Declaration should be taken to the forthcoming the World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development in Nagoya in November and the World Education Forum in the Republic of Korea in 2015” said the UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, at the closing session of the conference. The event in Dhaka was organized by the Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh in partnership with UNESCO in support of the United Nations Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative (GEFI) on the occasion of International Literacy Day