September 19, 2023

EDC at the UN General Assembly

EDC leadership and staff are honored to be in New York City this week, joining world leaders, colleagues, and public- and private-sector partners at the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). 

This year’s session comes at a critical time. Even as global attendees discuss the lagging progress toward realizing the sustainable development goals (SDGs), and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres calls for member states to renew their commitment to the SDGs, the reality is that global investment in education has stalled.

As a global body of experts in education, health, and workforce development, we know from our partnerships and the communities we work alongside how investing in education systems can drive just and equitable change. 

To heed the Secretary General’s call and course correction on our sustainable development progress, we must encourage increased investments in the transformation of global education systems, realizing the urgency with which we must provide youth and adults alike with the skills needed to navigate a future affected by compounding crises, including climate change and the rapid advancement of disruptive technologies.

The Global Education Forum at UNGA, convened by EDC and its partners, is one way that we are advancing the conversation around education investments. Join us on our mission to transform education, health, and economic opportunity around the world, and stay tuned for more of our insights from this year’s UN session.