As one of the sixteen GEFI Champion Countries, the United States applauds UNESCO’s leadership on the Post-2015 education development agenda.
Securing a stand-alone education goal, and a limited set of targets focused on access plus quality, will serve as a powerful instrument to help eradicate extreme poverty within a generation.
As First Lady Michelle Obama said at the UNGA GEFI event: “If we truly believe that every girl in every corner of the globe is worthy of an education as our own daughters and granddaughters are, then we need to deepen our commitment to these efforts.”
As the next phase of the intergovernmental negotiations begins in New York, UNESCO will continue to play a key role. As a UN specialized agency, UNESCO’s technical recommendations, validation, and quality control will help align Education for All and the outcomes of the UN intergovernmental negotiations.
As we move forward on the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, as well as on the EFA Framework for Action, a solid EFA intiative that supports the resulting SDGs and results in one integrated education agenda will build confidence about UNESCO and the world’s serious commitment to implementation.
The United States intends to stay closely engaged in this process, in both New York and here at UNESCO, in order to ensure that the education goal and targets are translated into significant, measurable, on-the-ground improvements in educational access and quality learning for all.