Background

The Director-General of UNESCO briefed CEB on progress in the implementation of the education-related Millennium Development Goals (see A/56/326, annex) and the Dakar Framework for Action on education for all.3 He highlighted the multisectoral nature of the challenge, the funding gap, the demands on coordination and advocacy, the urgency of achieving gender parity in schooling by 2005, and the need for improving data quality.

Action

CEB expressed support for the recommendations contained in the UNESCO note on the subject, and, in particular, the need to focus on ensuring that education for all planning processes are integrated with sector plans, PRSPs and wider development frameworks, as well as for harmonization among donors so as to alleviate the administrative burden of aid on Governments of developing countries.