Previous E-9 meetings

Tenth E-9 Ministerial Review Meeting, Islamabad, Pakistan, 27-28 November 2014

The 10th E-9 Ministerial Review Meeting being organized in Islamabad (27-28 November 2014) is an opportunity for national educational authorities of Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, and Pakistan to review progress made, as well as the challenges that remain, in reaching the six EFA goals set in 2000. The nine countries shall also collectively position themselves with regard to the emerging global education and development agenda post-2015 in light of changing national, regional and global realities. Moreover, the meeting will undertake an overall review of the E-9 Initiative identifying possible future scenarios to strengthen national educational development efforts beyond 2015. This 10th E-9 Ministerial Review Meeting will also mark the handover of E-9 chair from India to Pakistan for the period 2014-2016.

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Ninth E-9 Ministerial Review Meeting, New Delhi, India, 8-10 November 2012

The theme of the Ninth E-9 Ministerial Review Meeting was ”Inclusive, Relevant Quality Education for All”. Jointly organized by the Government of India and UNESCO, the meeting brought together Ministers of Education and senior officials of the E-9 countries to review progress towards the Education for All (EFA) goals. They committed to an agenda for action in order to ensure relevance, equity and inclusion of education; accelerate progress towards EFA goals, and shape the post-2015 education agenda. In 2013-2014 the E-9 countries will strengthen their cooperation through joint activities and mutual exchange in a number of priority areas.  

The Ninth Ministerial Meeting also marked the handover of E-9 chairmanship from Nigeria to India for the period 2013-2014. A concrete action plan on E-9 cooperation for quality education will be finalized in a technical meeting in June 2013. The next E-9 Ministerial Review Meeting will be hosted by Pakistan in late 2014. 

Eighth E-9 Ministerial Review Meeting, Abuja, Nigeria, 21- 24 June 2010

“Literacy for Development” was the theme of the Eighth E-9 Ministerial Review Meeting that was held in Abuja, Nigeria, from 21 to 24 June 2010. Jointly organized by UNESCO and the Nigerian Government, the meeting was opened by Nigeria's Vice President and Education Minister as well as UNESCO's Director-General and HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, UNESCO’s Special Envoy on Literacy for Development.  

The aim of the Abuja meeting was to contribute to halving adult illiteracy rates by 2015 (Education for All (EFA) Goal 4) with a special focus on girls and women in both the E-9 countries and in other countries which E-9 countries can support through South-South cooperation. The meeting provided opportunities for colleagues to share experiences and knowledge on the relationship between literacy and development, on ways of overcoming obstacles in providing literacy for out-of-school children, youth and adults, and on strategies to improve and scale up literacy programmes as well as collective commitments to non-formal education.  

The Abuja Framework for Action and Cooperation adopted at the end of the meeting recognized that more political commitment, innovation, and resources are needed from their individual countries, coupled with support from the donor community and a renewed focus from UNESCO on the promotion of literacy.   

The ambitious action agenda seeks to mobilize stronger commitment to literacy, boost effective delivery of literacy programmes, harness new resources and continue their successful teamwork. A set of concrete follow-up activities, each led and organized by an E-9 country, will be coordinated over the next two years by Nigeria, the new E-9 Secretariat.

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Seventh E-9 Ministerial Review Meeting (Bali, Indonesia, 10 – 12 March 2008)

Ministers of Education and education experts from the nine high-population countries - Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, and Pakistan- which represent 60 % of the world’s population, met in Bali, Indonesia, from 10 to 12 March at the Seventh E-9 Ministerial Review Meeting.

Inaugurated by His Excellency the Vice-President of Indonesia, H. E. Jusuf Kalla, the Seventh E-9 Ministerial Review Meeting focused on “Improvement of Teacher Education and training as a Focus of Educational System Reform” and other teacher-related issues. The meeting also reflected on E-9 collaboration to date, identified areas of future collaboration, and explored other aspects of South-South cooperation.

The Bali Declaration of the E-9 Countries was adopted at the end of the meeting. The Eighth Ministerial Review Meeting in 2010 will be hosted by the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Sixth E-9 Ministerial Review Meeting, Monterrey, Mexico

Vincente Fox Quesada, President of Mexico, inaugurated the 6th E-9 Ministerial Review Meeting, whose special theme was ‘Policies and Systems for the Assessment of the Quality of Education’.

The meeting was attended by the Ministers of Education from the nine high-population countries (Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan).

The Monterrey Declaration of the E-9 Countries was adopted at the end of the meeting.

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Address by the UNESCO Director-General 
Final Report

Fifth E-9 Ministerial Review Meeting, Cairo, Egypt (19-21 December 2003)

Education Ministers of the world's nine high-population countries met from 19-21 December 2003 at the fifth E-9 Ministerial Review Meeting in Cairo, Egypt.

Organized by the Ministry of Education of Egypt in collaboration with UNESCO, the meeting addressed the issue of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE), reviewed EFA policy issues for the E-9 Countries and examined the results of the recent external evaluation of the E-9 Initiative.

The meeting marks the tenth anniversary of the initiative. The opening ceremony on 20 December was honored by the presence of Mrs Suzanne Mubarak, the First Lady of Egypt, who is particularly involved in the educational activities of her country as well as Prince Talal Ben Abdel Aziz of Saudi Arabia, President of the Arab Gulf Program for the United Nations Development Organization (AGFUND).

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Final Report  
Address by the UNESCO Director-General

Fourth E-9 Ministerial Review Meeting, Beijing, China (21-23 August 2001)

China hosted the E-9 Ministerial Review Meeting in Beijing from 21 to 23 August 2001. The first E-9 forum more than a year after Dakar, the E-9 countries reviewed their action, discussed national EFA plans and forums and reaffirmed their commitment to intensify their efforts and strengthen their policies for achieving education for all.

E-9 Ministers of Education benefited from the conclusions of a pre-expert meeting focusing on "New Technologies and Distance Education for Basic Education to Reach the Unreached".

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Final Report

Third E-9 Ministerial Review Meeting for the EFA 2000 Assessment, Recife, Brazil, (31 January-2 February 2000)

Ministers of Education of the E-9 countries met in Brazil (Recife, 31 January-2 February 2000) to critically assess the situation of basic education. The outcomes of the EFA 2000 Assessment, the results of the Country Reports and the Regional Report helped the Ministers to analyze the situation and chart a Framework for Action.

The Recife Declaration was adopted and states a number of priorities, recognizes the need for a new visionary agenda for the new millennium that considers basic education as a human right and explore new modalities to provide quality education for all. Engaging 'civil society in a broader context with all its creativity and commitment' is crucial for the renewed partnership among all stakeholders (national governments, provincial governments, local bodies, NGOs and civil society) in meeting the EFA goals.

Second E-9 Ministerial Review Meeting in Pakistan, 1997

2nd E-9 Ministerial Review Meeting: Mobilizing for Progress, in Pakistan (Islamabad, 14-16 September 1997)

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Mobilizing for Progress
Address by the UNESCO Director-General