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UN Conference Adopts Global Education Action Agenda to Mobilise Civil Society

Representatives of NGOs and Academia Have Adopted a Global Education Action Agenda in Gyeongju, South Korea, to Implement Sustainable Development Goals

June 10th, 2016
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The Global Education Action Agenda comes into being just five months after the international community began implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, endorsed by world leaders in September 2015. The agenda affirms the importance of Sustainable Development Goal number 4: Ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong opportunities for all. 

The newly adopted action plan includes a series of concrete measures for NGOs around the worlds to jump-start implementation of the 2030 Agenda at the “grass roots level”. Ms Cristina Gallach, UN Under-Secretary-general for Communications and Public Information, highlighted the partnership of the UN and NGOs: „This Conference has demonstrated another example of the value for the United Nations in investing in partnership with academia and NGOs“. Ms Gallach also added: “The United Nations is committed to continue to support and partner with NGOs and academia in our joint efforts to advocate for and successfully implement the 2030 Agenda”.

For the first time in the history of the DPI/NGO Conference, the youth developed and issued a Youth Declaration. There was broad agreement among the participants that the contribution of NGOs, academia and youth will be key to achieving the SDGs. The conference was underpinned by three pillars, which were examined as a means to eliminate inequalities that create barriers to learning. Those 3 pillars are: Formal Education; Informal Education and Training; and Advocacy and Public Information.

Hirotsugu Terasaki, Director General of Soka Gakkai International, commented on the topic: “It’s truly inspiring to find so many people, specially young people, coming together from all over the world under the theme of education for global citizenship and in a shared commitment to achieving the SDGs”. The youth participation was greatly received in general. The importance of youth to be involved in policy making is essential. Saphira Ramashfar, Representative of the Ba’hai Community to the UN said: “The Youth Declaration is a necessary reminder that young people are needed as leaders and decision-makers not only in youth forums and special-purpose councils, but in those spaces where the course and direction of society as a whole re determined”.

Now the conference has ended, the real work is just beginning. It is necessary to expand all the different networks, sharing what people have learned and what has inspired them.

 

References

Cultural Diplomacy News
Veronika Mecnarowska, CD News