The Annual Ministerial Review (AMR) is a function of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) mandated at the 2005 World Summit. Its purpose is to assess annual progress made towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the implementation of other goals and targets agreed at the major United Nations (UN) conferences and summits over the past 15 years.

An international discussion is being held from 1 February to 4 March, organised by the Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). This is a multi-stakeholder forum for academia, policy-makers and practitioners to discuss a series of questions pertaining to the achievement of education and learning for all and for formulating concrete, actionable recommendations for consideration by ECOSOC.

The 2011 AMR process is anticipated to lead to a Ministerial Declaration and concrete initiatives that will build upon and advance work being undertaken in global education.

I am particulary interested in Education Quality and therfore I am participating in the following discussion:

Which interventions are most effective for retaining secondary-age students in school by preparing them with a foundation for lifelong learning and for labour market participation?

I will be posting a response on my blog at some point in March, so watch this space for further details. If you follow me on Twitter, I’ll notify you that way.


Posted by Lee Dunn

Academic Staff University of Glasgow and Author of Science Fiction

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