World Education Forum opens in South Korea

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The World Education Forum (WEF) 2015 opened in South Korea’s port city of Incheon this month to set a new goal and framework for action on education for the next 15 years.

Co-hosted by UNESCO and the South Korean government, the Forum involved four plenary sessions, six thematic debates, 20 parallel group sessions, and side events on issues related to the post-2015 education agenda.

About 1,500 participants from more than 160 countries met at the world’s largest conference on education. Among major participants are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNESCO Director- General Irina Bokova and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.

The UKNC has contributed to discussions on UNESCO’s role in the post-2015 education agenda with its policy brief ‘What are the implications for UNESCO of the proposed post-2015 EFA goals?’ It is working on a follow up brief on a similar theme as well as another piece of work on the implications of the wider Sustainable Development Goals on UNESCO.