Julia Gillard highlights her key priorities for the next global development agenda

Board Chair of Global Partnership for Education speaks at prestigious Kapuscinski Lecture Series in Brussels

Julia Gillard, Board Chair of the Global Partnership for Education (c) GPE

Speaking at the Kapuscinski Development Lectures in Brussels, Belgium, Julia Gillard, Board Chair of the Global Partnership for Education, stresses that 2015 is a “pivotal moment for global development overall and for efforts to educate more of the world’s children.”

“This is a year for decision,” Gillard says. “To me, the agenda for this year is clear. The status quo is unacceptable. We need to raise our level of ambition and rapidly accelerate progress towards achieving our goals for global education.”

Ms. Gillard articulates four key priorities:

“First, we must get the Sustainable Development Goals right …

Second, give us financing that matches the goals …

Third, we must address the humanitarian challenge to education, to ensure education does not stop, even when there are ravages of conflict, broken governance and disease.”

Gillard also emphasized keeping the debate focused on the real issues and not getting sidetracked by discussions about institutions and process.

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