Global Education Meeting, Brussels, 3-5 December 2018

Education in an interconnected world: Ensuring inclusive and equitable development
Brussels, 3-5 December 2018

The Education 2030 Framework for Action stipulates that periodic Global Education Meetings, aligned with the meeting schedule of the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on sustainable development, will be organized by UNESCO in consultation with the SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee to review the SDG4-Education 2030 agenda against progress made and to share outcomes with the appropriate overall global follow-up and review mechanisms for the SDGs. As per this stipulation a Global Education Meeting (GEM) will be organized in December 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. The meeting will focus on the HLPF 2019 Theme “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”, and review progress towards the realization of SDG4 and examine the inter-linkages between SDG 4 and Goals 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), 10 (Reduced Inequalities), 13 (Climate action) and 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions), paying particular attention to the issue of migration and forced displacement

Technical segment [1.5 days]:
  • Forum of twelve workshops addressing themes across SDG4 and their interlinkages with other SDGs being reviewed during HLPF 2019.
  • Regional Review of Progress Towards SDG4-Education2030 Targets and Commitments

Ministerial segment [1.5 days]:
  • Four high-level thematic panels 
  • Two ministerial roundtables on country-level action.

325 invited participants: 
  • Representatives of Member States
  • UN agencies and other development partners
  • Regional organizations
  • Civil society organizations
  • Private sector and foundations
  • Youth representatives
  • Academia 

Expected outcomes:                                                    
  • An assessment of current progress towards the implementation of SDG4-Education 2030 targets and commitments at global, regional and national levels, and identification of bottlenecks impeding progress 
  • An identification of recommendations for strategic areas requiring political guidance and/or intervention for the effective achievement of the global Education 2030 Agenda 
  • Agreement on key policy messages to input into the global 2019 HLPF Review and UN General Assembly 2019
  • Strengthening of coordinated support for implementation of SDG4-Education 2030 

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