Global education agenda adopted

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A global agenda to ensure everyone has a right to a quality education has been adopted during a UN meeting in South Korea.

The conference offered a platform for NGOs from around the world to cooperate in support of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

The Agenda includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs and was agreed by world leaders at the United Nations in New York last September.

Daniel Dickinson has the story.

The new agenda, also known as the Gyeongju Action Plan, includes a series of concrete measures for NGOs around the world to jump-start implementation of the 2030 Agenda at the grass roots level.

It also serves as a guide to enhance the ability of the stakeholders to lobby their governments for the implementation of the SDGs.

UN officials, civil society, policy experts, educators and youth representatives spent three days of intense negotiations on topics like education and global citizenship.

A Youth Declaration was also developed and issued for the first time.

The Action Plan will be widely shared with civil society as well as within the UN system, Member States and learning communities.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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