Galvanizing civil society action in the future education agenda
Representatives from more than 130 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are taking part in discussions ahead of the World Education Forum 2015 ) in Incheon, Republic of Korea, to agree on a collective civil society vision for education post-2015 and chart the best way forward for engagement in the new agenda.
The 18 – 19 May NGO Forum features a strong lineup of high-profile guests, including Nobel Peace Prize 2014 co-winner, Kailash Satyarthi, and UNESCO Director General, Irina Bokova.
 
A statement adopted by NGOs at the Forum, with recommendations for the implementation of the post-2015 education agenda, will be shared with participants at the World Education Forum.
 
Civil society has played a central role in the achievement of the Education for All (EFA) goals, as recognized at the World Education Forum in 2000. In the 15 years following, civil society engagement has grown significantly, with more organizations and networks working to secure the right to education than ever before.
 
Building on this momentum, the NGO Forum aims to cement civil society as a key partner in policy processes and decision-making, to help ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
 
The NGO Forum is being coordinated through the Collective Consultation of NGOs on EFA (CCNGO/EFA), a global network of nearly 300 national, regional and international member organisations from around the world.
 
The World Education Forum is being held from 19 – 22 May in the Republic of Korea; where world leaders in education will agree on a joint position for finalising the education goal and targets in the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, to be adopted at the Special Summit on Sustainable Development in September 2015.
 
Director-General to participate in the World Education Forum 2015 in Incheon
 
From 19 to 22 May, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, is traveling to the Republic of Korea to take part in the World Education Forum 2015, held in Incheon, where UNESCO will be leading the way, in collaboration with six co-conveners, UNDP, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UN Women and the World Bank, to build a powerful new education agenda.
 
The World Education Forum 2015 will provide a unique platform for global leaders in education, ministers, policy-makers and representatives of civil society, teachers, experts and the private sector to take stock of achievements and shortfalls in the implementation of the EFA goals and education-related MDGs, and to agree on a joint position for the education goal and targets in the post-2015 development agenda, which will be adopted by UN Member States at a Summit in September 2015. Over 130 Education Ministers are expected in Incheon. It will also be an opportunity for the international education community to chart the way for the implementation of the post-2015 education agenda through a Framework for Action.
 
Key speakers at the World Education Forum 2015 will include the President Park Geun-Hye, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea and Education Minister Hwang, Woo-yea, UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, Her Highness Sheikha Moza of Qatar, the principals of UN Women, UNICEF and UNFPA, and the co-laureate of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, Kailash Satyarthi.
 
While in Korea, the Director-General is expected to meet with President Park Geun-Hye, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Yun Byung-se, and the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Education, Hwang Woo-yea.
In Seoul, the Director-General will also participate in the UN Academic Impact Forum on global citizenship with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon.
 
Source: UNESCO

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