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close this bookWorld Conference on Education for All: Meeting Basic Learning Needs - Final Report (UNICEF - UNDP - UNESCO - WB - WCEFA, 1990, 129 p.)
close this folderAppendices
Open this folder and view contents1. World Declaration on Education for All: Meeting Basic Learning Needs
Open this folder and view contents2. Framework for Action
View the document3. Statement on the Follow-Up to the World Conference on Education for All
View the document4. Statement of Principles on the Involvement of NGOs in WCEFA Follow-Up Activities with Non-NGO Bodies

3. Statement on the Follow-Up to the World Conference on Education for All

(Endorsed by the Conference on 9 March 1990)

The Framework for Action to Meet Basic Learning Needs can be seen providing a consensus view of the main tasks which need to be undertaken after the World Conference. These follow-up tasks concern countries, NGOs and the international community.

The principal follow-up will be at the country level. One of the first follow-up steps may, therefore, be for countries to conduct a "needs assessment" to ascertain what resources are required to reach their goals. With regard to external resources, multilateral, bilateral agencies and NGOs for their part should endeavour to coordinate their actions at country-level more effectively.

Opportunities should be provided within the existing structures for a process of consultation among countries in regional or subregional settings to share mutual concerns and to discuss how multilateral and bilateral agencies and NGOs can best assist them.

Whatever follow-up mechanism may, at the same time, be established at international level, it should serve national follow-up action and support it effectively. Follow-up action at the international level would seek to maintain the spirit of cooperation amongst countries, multilateral and bilateral agencies, as well as NGOs, which has been the hallmark of the World Conference.

UNDP, Unesco, UNICEF and the World Bank have agreed to increase support to basic education within each of their own planning frame-works, structures and resources allocation mechanisms. To this end they have decided to meet annually to coordinate their own activities in the educational field.

As a consequence of the momentum generated by the World Conference, it is expected that national representatives, multilateral and bilateral agencies and NGOs would wish to be part of a consultative forum which will aim at promoting the EFA goals.

International follow-up action will rely on existing mechanisms. Unesco has offered to provide appropriate services to facilitate the follow-up.