UNESCO and six other UN agencies organized the World Education Forum (WEF) in Incheon (Republic of Korea) in May 2015, to determine the global priorities for education over the next fifteen years, in the context of the adoption by the United Nations of the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
One of the highlights of the Forum was the reaffirmation that education is a necessary condition for global sustainable development and a dignified life for all. In other words, sustainable development begins with education. For this reason, education is an objective in itself (SDG 4) and is at the same time integrated into the goals of the SDG as a strategy for achieving them.
The Forum was attended by governments from 160 countries; civil society organizations from all over the world, including Unescocat; multilateral international organizations; and representatives from the world of education. The conclusions were put together in the Declaration of Incheon Education 2030, together with a Framework for Action, to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”, as stated in ODS 4. This declaration is a reference tool for the broad consensus on which the work for the educational updating of our society must be based. For this reason, Unescocat has translated it into Catalan.
Eduard Vallory, Chairman of the Centre for UNESCO of Catalonia, and Valtencir Mendes, International Officer of the Jaume Bofill Foundation, attended the World Education Forum after the two civil society organizations carried out the joint project “Education Post 2015”, which was created to be able to contribute to this global debate. The initiative was developed with a call made to the educational actors of Catalonia to contribute their reflections and proposals through different means and formats