Relevant, equitable and inclusive quality education for all: an imperative for the 21st century, UN HQ, 15 July

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Projections show that the world will fail to meet the educational commitments of the 2030 Agenda - Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) - unless there is serious progress over the coming decade. Business as usual will mean that one in six 6 to 17-year-olds will still be excluded from school in 2030, and that 40% of children worldwide will fail to complete secondary education. (Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics)

The “Relevant, equitable and inclusive quality education for all” event, will take place at the margins of the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on 15 July, it will focus on policy directions and actions to drive forward SDG 4, on recommendations for strengthened regional and global cooperation. Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General, head of the lead agency for SDG 4, will open the event. 

The two chairs of the global multi-stakeholder SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee, Stefania Giannini UNESCO’s head of education and Kazuhiro Yoshida of Japan, will present the key recommendations made to governments during the 2019 HLPF.

Stefano Manservisi the European Commission’s Director-General for International Cooperation and Development, Jaime Saavedra the World Bank’s Senior Director, and Robert Napier the European Students’ Union’s President will address, among others, scaled-up investment in education, the right to education, teachers as one of the most decisive influence on learning, linkages between higher education and social engagement.

Minister Iselin Nybø of Norway, Deputy-Minister Oscar Ghillione of Argentina, and Ambassador Marie Chatardová of the Czech Republic, will share experiences on national policies to advance SDG 4, with a focus on: lifelong learning; leaving no one behind, especially in higher education; and universities driving sustainability through their interaction with society.

The event is organized by UNESCO with the SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee and the UN HQ based Group of Friends for Education and Lifelong Learning.