Global Education Forum
A platform for global coordination and action
The Global Education Forum (the Forum) was established in September 2019 to bring together high-level leaders from key donor countries and multilateral institutions supporting SDG 4. It aims to improve international collaboration and advocate for increased and more effective investment in global education.
The Forum aims to accelerate global progress towards achieving inclusive, equitable, and quality education for the world’s children and youth.
- Develop a clear message around the urgency of the global education emergency
- Strengthen coordination of bilateral and multilateral international support to ensure predictable, sustainable and coherent financing and deliver economies of scale and scope, and greater efficiency and impact on the ground
- Work with leaders from selected countries, at their request, to mobilize international support for their national objectives and country plans.
UN Special Envoy for Global Education and Education Commission Chair
Education Commissioner and former Minister of Education of Mozambique
World Bank Managing Director of Development Policy and Partnerships
Senior Minister of Singapore
To drive progress, the Forum will continue to convene meetings twice a year to discuss specific priorities and agree upon coordinated bilateral and multilateral donor collaboration to mobilize financing and donor support for the priority areas identified in the 2020 GEM Declaration and Save Our Future White Paper: safe reopening of schools, supporting teachers and education personnel; investing in skills development; and narrowing the digital divide.
As UNESCO currently leads the reform of the SDG 4-Education 2030 global coordination mechanism with a view to strengthening the SDG4-Education 2030 Steering Committee’s education policy guidance, the GEF’s role in global advocacy for increased education financing is seen as a critical pillar of this reformed global education coordination mechanism.
Learn more about the Forum and its relationship to the SDG 4-Education 2030 Steering Committee within the global education coordination structure here.