Europe and North America SDG4 - Education 2030 Regional Consultation

The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goal for Education (SDG 4) by the UN Assembly in 2015 opened a new era for global, regional and national action to advance sustainable development for all. In order to facilitate the preparation for implementation at country level, UNESCO has launched a cycle of regional consultation meetings since late 2015. In this framework, an SDG4-Education 2030 regional consultation meeting for the Member States in Europe and North America is being organized to take place in Paris on 24 and 25 October 2016. The Meeting will provide a platform for discussions on where countries stand after one year of the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, facilitate further regional and national preparations for the implementation of SDG 4-Education 2030 as well as examine implications of the new education agenda for international cooperation and aid.

In particular, the meeting will offer the opportunity to discuss national education policy priorities in light of SDG4-Education 2030 and planned national strategies for their implementation in Europe and North America. Panel discussions will be held around areas and themes of particular relevance to the region which encompass issues of quality of education and learning outcomes for all; skills and competencies for life and work in a lifelong perspective; education for refugees and migrants; global citizenship education; as well as implications of the new education agenda from an aid perspective; global and thematic indicators for SDG4-Education 2030 and monitoring mechanisms; and regional governance, coordination and partnership mechanisms and strategies. Based on the discussions, a final outcome document will outline a series of recommendations for the implementation of SDG4-Education 2030 in the region.

The meeting will bring together participants from Member States with high policy function and technical expertise from both the Ministry of Education and from Development Cooperation, intergovernmental organisations including the European Union, the Council of Europe, OECD, UNICEF, UNHCR, ILO and GPE, as well as civil society organizations, the private sector and academia members working on the implementation of the new education agenda.

Organiser UNESCO’s Section for Partnerships, Coordination and Research ED/ESC/PCR

Venue UNESCO Headquarters (Room XI), 7 Place de Fontenoy, 75007 Paris, France

Date 24 - 25 October 2016

Participation By invitation only

Working languages Interpretation in English, French and Russian (documents available in English and in French)


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