Speech at the National Consultation on SDG 4 – Education 2030 and the official launch of 2016 Global Education Monitoring Report, By Ms. Beate Trankmann, United Nations Resident Coordinator

April 14, 2017

Speech at the National Consultation on SDG 4 – Education 2030 and the official launch of 2016 Global Education Monitoring Report,

by Ms. Beate Trankmann, United Nations Resident Coordinator

 Ulaanbaatar, 14 April 2017

  • Mr. Batsuuri Jamiyansuren, Minister of Education, Culture, Science and Sports
  • Ms. Uyanga Sukhbaatar, Secretary-General of the Mongolian National Commission for UNESCO
  • UN Colleagues,
  • Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Thank you for inviting me to this important event to help raise awareness and track Mongolia’s progress of the implementation and localization of SDG4 and the Education 2030 Agenda.

Inclusive and quality education is a transformational force that is central to the realization of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development across the globe. Education is key to creating opportunities for gainful employment and lifting people out of poverty. It is vital for countries to be able to move up the value chain and compete in global markets. Educated societies will be instrumental to generate the technology and the behavior changes that are needed to move towards more sustainable consumption and production patterns which don’t harm the earth environment.

However, if we continue with current trends, the world will be half a century late in achieving its education commitments. This means that we need to shift away from business as usual. We will have to renew our long term commitments and re-energize our efforts to ensure equitable opportunities of education and lifelong learning for all. For this, the Education 2030 agenda has to be translated into plans, budgets, investments and action at country level.

Mongolia has taken important steps in localizing SDG 4. The Sustainable Development Vision (SDV) 2030 recognizes the establishment of ‘a national system for high quality and accessible education for every citizen’ as a key ingredient to achieving sustainable social development. To build on this commitment it is now important to review Mongolia’s sector plans and policies to ensure that they are well aligned with targets and indicators set in the Education 2030 agenda.

The Global Education Monitoring Report provides valuable insights on how to accelerate action for Education. It analyses global education trends and advocates for effective education policies and practices over the next decade and beyond. The consultation on the implementation of SDG4 in Mongolia today is rightly convened simultaneously with the launch of this report. I am certain that the report will help stimulate fruitful debates among all stakeholders to advance access to quality education here – in Mongolia.

Ladies and gentlemen,

The importance of availability and accuracy of data cannot be overemphasized for a robust monitoring mechanism. While we invest resources into concrete action plans, we must also invest in improving monitoring and reporting systems to ensure that we can track progress. There is a lot to be done and we rely on the cooperation of all our partners in achieving inclusive and quality education for all.

As the UN, we stand ready to support the Ministry of Education and the Government of Mongolia to translate the SDGs into action and create an equitable, inclusive and sustainable future for Mongolia and its people.

Thank you!

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