On June 28, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) President Peter Thomson convened a High-Level Action Event on Education to push global efforts to implement Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 (quality education), according to this news brief from the Global Partnership for Education. The event took place in New York City just prior to a meeting of the SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee.
Thomson outlined steps to “get the wheels of implementation turning faster” regarding SDG 4. In addition, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova called for increased support for education among both governments and humanitarian donors. She urged governments to allocate between 4% and 6% of their gross domestic product and between 15% and 20% of their total public expenditure to education. She also urged humanitarian donors to increase their assistance to education.
The program featured multiple panel discussions on topics such as “What Will It Take to Achieve SDG 4?”, “Innovations in Education,” “Education in Vulnerable and Humanitarian Situations” and “Education for Sustainable Development and Education for Global Citizenship.” To learn more, read this summary from Foreign Affairs.