Address by Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO,
on the occasion of the Information Meeting
for Permanent Delegations
on Education for All (EFA) Developments
UNESCO, 30 May 2007
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am delighted to welcome you to this Information Meeting on Education for All
Last September, I provided a comprehensive overview of progress in this priority
area. A lot has happened since then, and while we have had the occasion to
discuss some recent developments at the previous two Board sessions, and at the
Board Information Meeting in January, I believed it important to provide an inclusive
account for all Permanent Delegates. This is the purpose of the present meeting.
Today, we meet just over seven years after the World Education Forum in Dakar,
Senegal, at which the six EFA goals were adopted by over 160 countries,
multilateral organizations and civil society groups. We are, therefore, almost exactly
half way to 2015, making this year – 2007 – a crucial one to take stock of progress
so far, and to define the challenges that face us in the remaining years up to 2015.
This morning I would like to report to you on how UNESCO intends to make the
most of this critical opportunity, building on the solid achievements of the past, and
learning the lessons of experience. These developments aim to enhance
UNESCO’s role in coordinating international efforts in EFA, a function to which we
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give increased prominence in our Medium-Term Strategy for 2008-2013, the
Let me begin with the EFA High-Level Group. First, I wish to recall the main
outcomes of the last High-Level Group meeting in Egypt, and how they will shape
our work ahead. Second, I shall explain how I plan to further strengthen the Group,
as the key lever for mobilizing political and financial commitment for EFA.
One major theme at the Cairo meeting was the holistic nature of the EFA agenda.
By that I mean that all 6 goals are interdependent and need to