Education post-COVID-19: Extraordinary session of the Global Education Meeting (2020 GEM)


When :

from Tuesday 20 October, 2020
to Thursday 22 October, 2020

Where :

Online from Paris, Online, France

Contact :

Mami Umayahara

UNESCO convened an extraordinary session of the Global Education Meeting (2020 GEM) on 22 October 2020 from 1 to 5pm (CEST – Paris), co-hosted by the Governments of Ghana, Norway and the United Kingdom. This high-level segment of the 2020 GEM was preceded by a technical segment on 20 October 2020 from 1 to 4 pm (CEST – Paris). The meeting was held on line.

The 2020 GEM provided a unique platform for exchange among high-level political leaders, policy makers and global education actors to protect and rethink education in the current and post-COVID-19 world and agree on global priority actions for educational recovery and progress in the Decade of Action for Sustainable Development.

The event provided a strategic opportunity for Member States and the international community to maintain and scale up their commitment to education as the most critical investment for a sustainable recovery and future, to be highlighted particularly during the Leaders’ Dialogue of the high-level segment on 22 October.


Leading up to the 2020 GEM, UNESCO has facilitated a series of consultations on the draft outcome document (the 2020 GEM Declaration) regionally with Member States, the SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee, the Collective Consultation of NGOs on Education 2030, multilateral organizations and regional organizations, as well as other key stakeholders.