For the first time in history we can succeed in providing education for all children and young people. If we put education first, we will gain multiple benefits in terms of development and prosperity.

Political will is paramount, and must be backed by the right policies, additional funds and innovative partnerships that include all interested parties.

As prime minister of Norway and co-chair of the UN sustainable development goals advocacy group, I am doing my best to ensure this will become a reality. This week, the international commission on financing global education opportunity gathers in Oslo for its last meeting before making recommendations to the UN secretary general in September.

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