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Global Meeting on Education in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

18-19 March 2013 | Dakar, Senegal

Highlights for Tuesday, 19 March 2013
The Global Meeting on Education in the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda convened for its final day on 19 March, in Dakar, Senegal. In the morning, participants heard a video message from Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, on the development priorities emerging from the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Participants also heard presentations on different possible scenarios for education in the post-2015 development agenda with a number of organizations presenting their visions on this issue. Participants then met in discussion groups to address recommendations for education in the post-2015 development agenda.

In the afternoon, participants reconvened to hear feedback on the group discussions. Participants generally agreed that equitable access to quality basic education should be the main tenet for education in the post-2015 agenda. They also highlighted the need for goals and targets to be measurable, easily communicable and adaptable to national circumstances. Participants also emphasized the need for sustainable sources of financing, with many suggesting that accessing domestic sources of financing should become a goal within the post-2015 agenda.

During the closing session, emerging recommendations from the discussion over the previous two days were presented, and the overarching goal of “equitable quality lifelong learning for all” was announced. Stressing the importance of partnerships for achieving progress in attaining development goals, Joseph Pierre Ndiaye, Cabinet Director at Senegal’s Ministry of Education closed the meeting at 6:52pm.

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Highlights for Monday, 18 March 2013
The Global Meeting on Education in the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda opened on 18 March, in Dakar, Senegal, with a performance of traditional music by Senegalese musician, Mahawa Kouyaté, relaying the message of the importance of education in society. Participants heard opening statements from dignitaries and discussed emerging priorities and cross-cutting issues on the education theme.

In the afternoon, participants heard presentations on: the education thematic consultation process and emerging issues thus far; emerging Education For All (EFA) regional priorities; and the post-2015 development agenda from the national perspective. Participants then broke into small discussion groups to identify sectoral and thematic priorities for education in the post-2015 development agenda.

In the evening, participants attended a dinner hosted by the Government of Senegal.
Funding for coverage of this meeting has been provided by the
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
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Consultation resources
*Meeting website
*Concept note
*Thematic consultation website and background documents

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS coverage of the High-Level Meeting of the Global Thematic Consultation on Conflict, Violence and Disaster in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, 13 March 2013, Helsinki, Finland
*IISD RS summary report of the Global Leadership Meeting on Population Dynamics in the Context of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, 12-13 March 2013, Dhaka, Bangladesh (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary report of the Final Meeting of the Post-2015 Thematic Consultation on Governance, 28 February - 1 March 2013, Midrand, South Africa (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of the Post-2015 Development Agenda Consultation on Water: Water Resources Management and Wastewater Management and Water Quality, 27-28 February 2013, Geneva, Switzerland
*IISD RS summary report of the Public Dialogue and Leadership Meeting on Addressing Inequalities in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, 18-19 February 2013, Copenhagen, Denmark (HTML - PDF)
*SDG - A mailing list focused on internationally-relevant activities related to setting the post-2015 development agenda
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Post-2015 Development Agenda Activities
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