At the global level, UNESCO convenes a Global Education Meeting every 4 years, the last one was held in December 2018 and an extraordinary session was held in October 2020. The main mechanisms for SDG 4 - Education 2030 coordination and partnerships include:
- the SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee
- the Global multilateral partners' platform
- the Collective Consultation of NGOs on Education 2030 (CCNGO-Education 2030)
- the E-9 Partnership
UNESCO convenes the SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee - a democratic, multi-stakeholder partnership - which provides strategic guidance to Member States and the education community, makes recommendations for catalytic action, advocates for financing, and monitors progress through the official source of cross-nationally comparable data on education, UNESCO's Institute for Statistics, and the editorially independent, authoritative and evidence-based Global Educational Monitoring (GEM) Report. The Committee ensures follow-up and review of education related targets within the 2030 Agenda through United Nations processes including the High-level Political Forum. See more on the Steering-Committee’s resource page.
The Global multilateral partners’ platform, established at a meeting convened by UNESCO in July 2019, commits to maintain strategic dialogue among principals of multilateral partners and align work around a set of priorities to accelerate progress towards SDG 4. See the Paris Outcome Statement.
Civil society organizations (CSOs) play a central role in the implementation and monitoring of the 2030 agenda. The Collective Consultation of NGOs on Education 2030 (CCNGO-Education 2030) is UNESCO’s key mechanism for dialogue, reflection and partnership with NGOs working in the field of education. See their working procedures and their Global Meeting report and final statement and video (also in Spanish) of December 2019.
The E-9 Partnership made up of Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, and Pakistan was first established in 1993. While the nine countries have less in common now than they once did, their individual and collective influence has grown. So, too, has their representation in regional and global fora. See their 2017 Declaration.