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Education Post-2015: Hearing Voices from Asia-Pacific

©UNESCO/S.Chaiyasook

©UNESCO/S.Chaiyasook

10.01.2013

Bangkok, 10 January 2013 – Representatives from governments, civil society organizations and youth organizations are welcomed to participate in a Regional Thematic Consultation on “Education in the Post 2015 Development Agenda” to be held from 28 February to 1 March 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.

In the run up to 2015, UN organizations and international, regional and national stakeholders across the globe have commenced consultations regarding progress made towards the Millennium Development Goals and reflections on the post-2015 development agenda as a global commitment towards human development and poverty reduction. 

The UN has started processes to foster broad-based, open and inclusive dialogues with all stakeholders, including civil society partners, on helping to define the post-2015 agenda. One of these processes is global thematic consultations around 11 themes, one of which is education. The thematic consultation on education is co-led by UNESCO and UNICEF which have set up a regional Task Team to ensure that the voices of the Asia-Pacific region are included in the global process.

Many important discussions and consultations have been and are being held in the region as regards the post 2015 agenda, there is a felt need to support the sharing of the information in broader fora. Consequently, one major activity of the UNESCO/UNICEF Task Team is to provide a platform for the various stakeholders from the Asia-Pacific region, including government representatives, civil society organization representatives, the private sector and young people to exchange information on their deliberations and to discuss their ideas and opinions on education in the post-2015 agenda, and to, ultimately, come up with a collective voice from the region. 

The consultation is co-organized by UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education in Bangkok, UNICEF Regional Office for East Asia and the Pacific (EAPRO), and UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA), in partnership with interested non-governmental and civil society organizations (e.g. VSO) and the private sector.

Interested stakeholders will send and support selected representatives from their national and/or regional institutions and networks which have been discussing the post 2015 education agenda or other participants they might wish to support such as youth representatives and hard-to-reach communities.

The outcomes and recommendations from this Asia-Pacific consultation will feed into the Global Thematic Consultation on Education which is planned to take place in March 2013 in Dakar, Senegal and will also be reflected in the ESCAP Regional Post-2015 Report. Ultimately, it will feed into the global UN report on the post-2015 agenda.

If you are interested in supporting and participating in this consultation, please contact Antony Tam at kh.tam@unesco.org; Devashish Dutta at ddutta@unicef.org and Leotes Helin at lhelin@unicef.org.

Closing date for indicating interest in participation has been extended to 1 February 2013.

For journalists wishing to attend the consultation, please contact Ms. Rojana Manowalailao at UNESCO Bangkok: r.manowalailao@unesco.org tel: +66 81 825 2188.

For more details, visit UNESCO Bangkok’s website at: www.unescobkk.org/education/educationbeyond2015/regional-consultation-feb-2013/

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