Morocco is taking part in the 41st General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) which is being held from November 9 to 24 in Paris.
Morocco, which chairs the group of Arab countries, takes part in this event, which coincides with the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the creation of Unesco, with a large delegation led by the Minister of National Education, Preschool and Sports, Chakib Benmoussa.
“As UNESCO commemorates its 75th anniversary, Morocco is reaffirming its commitment to multilateralism. The Kingdom, which is an actor committed to peace, is convinced that its preservation depends on the improvement of education, science and culture”, underlines the permanent delegation of the Kingdom of Morocco to UNESCO on its Twitter account. Several important decisions are expected at this General Conference from the Organization’s 193 Member States on contemporary issues related to the preservation of heritage, the environment and education, according to UNESCO.
On this occasion, the Report “Rethinking our futures together: a new social contract for education”, the third in a series of UNESCO global reports on the future of education, will be officially launched.
The report, which will be unveiled on Wednesday by the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, outlines the future of education in the world by 2050.
“With this report, UNESCO will propose a new social contract in favor of education that allows us to build our relations with each other, with our environment and with technology,” the UN agency said in a statement.
The presentation of this report will be followed by the World Meeting on Education, co-chaired by UNESCO and France. It will bring together heads of state, more than forty ministers of education and representatives of international organizations who will jointly debate the revival of education after the COVID-19 pandemic but also the means to increase investments in a sustainable manner in education.
This high-level segment aims to create global political momentum to raise the profile of education and its investment imperative, according to UNESCO.
It will adopt the “Paris Declaration” to renew the commitment of national and international leaders to invest in education – nationally and internationally – and to accelerate progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 4 (quality education).
The meeting will be marked by the official launch of the High Level Steering Committee for SDG 4. This renewed global cooperation mechanism will play a central role in monitoring the progress of Member States and contributions from international actors, and recommend priority actions for education.
According to UNESCO, nearly 70% of countries do not yet meet the recommended spending criteria for education, namely 4 to 6% of GDP or 15 to 20% of total public spending, as defined in the previous one in global meeting for education held in 2020.
UNESCO also estimates that less than 3% of the amounts of the recovery plans put in place by states to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis are allocated to education and training.