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World leaders at ECOSOC endorsed UNESCO´s leading role in the implementation of EFA

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World leaders at ECOSOC endorsed UNESCO´s leading role in the implementation of EFA

Countries participating in the 2011 High-Level Segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) adopted a ministerial declaration on 8 July that recognizes the strong links between education and progress towards all the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), thus placing education at the heart of development.

The Declaration, unanimously adopted, notes the importance of moving beyond the second MDG of universal primary education in favor of a more holistic and inclusive vision of education systems.

The Annual Ministerial Review is organized each year by the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs to assess progress made in the implementation of the MDGs. This is the first time that ECOSOC focused on education. UNESCO played a lead role in shaping the agenda, facilitating regional preparatory meetings and contributing to the UN Secretary-General’s background report for the Annual Ministerial Review.

 

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