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Post-2015: Education’s Aims Are Wider

Looking beyond the Millennium Development Goals deadline in 2015, a high-level panel of 27 world leaders recently presented its recommendations for a "post-2015" development agenda to the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon. The report, A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies Through Sustainable Development, presents a framework to eradicate extreme poverty completely throughout the world by 2030 and achieve this through social, economic, and environmental processes and actions that promote sustainable prosperity for all.

The high-level panel report recommends 12 universal goals, with 54 associated targets. Goal 3 is "Provide Quality Education and Lifelong Learning," and targets include increasing access to and completion of pre-primary education; ensuring every child completes primary education with basic reading, writing, and numeracy skills; providing access to lower secondary education to every child; and increasing access to technical and vocational education to prepare young people for the work force. Although the targets themselves focus on access and skills, the report emphasizes that "education's aims are wider," in order for children to realize their talents and full-potential, exercise and protect their basic rights, and prepare them to be productive adults. The report describes education's role in promoting creativity and problem-solving, as well as instilling awareness of sustainable practices in consumption, production, and environmental stewardship.

In July 2012, the high-level panel was tasked with making its recommendations on a Post-2015 development agenda to the United Nations Secretary General. The report builds upon the advances made as a result of the Millennium Development Goals that were adopted in 2000, and the recommendations were informed by the Panel's interaction with more than 5,000 civil society groups from 121 countries.

The UN Secretary General is expected to address the UN General Assembly in September 2013 to continue the development agenda dialogue. Public consultation is currently open, and will inform further discussions at this meeting. Have your voice heard at The World We Want website.

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A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies Through Sustainable Development (Full PDF download)

Participate in the Online Public Consultation at The World We Want website.