VP Sara designated as nat’l convenor in UN education summit

August 5, 2022 Cristina Lee-Pisco 59 views

VICE President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte-Carpio was named national convenor of the Transforming Education Summit (TES), which will be convened in New York, the United States, on September 19, 2022, during the 77th UN General Assembly, the United Nations (UN) Philippines announced.

Gustavo Gonzalez, the UN Resident Coordinator, congratulated Duterte on behalf of the UN Country Team.

Gonzalez said, “I am optimistic that with Vice President Sara Duterte as national convenor, the Philippines will chart a strategy and roadmap to address the learning losses caused by the pandemic and bring us back on track to achieving the global goals on education.”

The TES is being convened by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to elevate education to the top of the global political agenda and to maximize public awareness and engagement.

The education summit offers an opportunity for inclusive, networked, and effective global dialogue on the types of coordinated actions needed to reverse the slide in progress toward SDG4 (Sustainable Development Goal 4) as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Within this framework, the Government of the Philippines and the UN are actively engaged in the organization of country consultations, leading to the preparation of a solid country statement for the upcoming summit.

In preparation for the summit, national consultations will be undertaken to develop a shared vision, commitment, and alignment of action across constituencies to transform education between now and 2030.

As national convenor, the Vice President will lead the national consultations and ensure that consultations are intersectoral, multisectoral, inclusive, and results-oriented.

In addition, under the leadership of the UN Resident Coordinator, the UN Country Team (UNCT) will be mobilized to support this process, with UNICEF and UNESCO playing a key role in in-country consultations.