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) online on 20 and 22 October 2020, co-hosted by the Governments of Ghana, Norway and the United Kingdom. 

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, highlighted during the Leaders’ Dialogue of the high-level segment on 22 October.

High-level segment (22 October)

The high-level segment adopted the 2020 GEM Declaration, during the meeting representatives of Member States and eminent personalities made commitments for the fulfilment of the global action points.

Technical segment (20 October)

The technical segment reviewed the recommended priority actions of the 2020 GEM Declaration through thematic discussions and consolidate the Declaration for presentation to the high-level segment


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.