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04 July 2019

The Meeting of Principals of Global Multilateral Education Partners took place on 4 July 2019 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. It was held back to back with the G7 education ministerial meeting and attended by the Principals of UNESCO, UNICEF, the Global Partnership for Education, European Commission’s International Cooperation and Development, Education Cannot Wait and the Education Commission as well as the UN Special Envoy for Global Education and senior officials of the World Bank, ILO and UNHCR.
Under the banner of “Jointly Accelerating Progress for SDG 4”, UNESCO convened this meeting to advance the multilateral agencies’ commitment to aligning our education-related country support action and thereby improving the effectiveness and efficiency of our work in accelerating country-level progress toward SDG 4. This joint action platform among multilateral partners will be closely linked to the SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee and contribute as a group to the SC’s consultation and coordination mechanism.
During the meeting, Mr Gordon Brown, the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, proposed the establishment of the SDG global education forum among multilaterals and bilateral donors (among others), aiming to scale up support and financing for education. The links between this global education forum and the multilateral partners’ platform as well as the SDG-Education 2030 SC will need to be more specifically defined when the forum is launched at the UNGA in September.