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Global Education Monitoring Report 2016

The UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM) evaluates annually, worldwide progress in implementing the Global Education Agenda 2030, which was adopted by the United Nations in September 2015 as an integral part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Global Education Monitoring Report 2016 "Education for People and Planet"

The GEM Report 2016 is entitled "Education for People and Planet: Creating Sustainable Futures for All" and kicks off the new series of reports. 

It focuses on the complex relationships between education and other key sectors of sustainable development. It reveals that education has great potential to advance the global sustainability agenda, but that this potential is currently underutilized. The United Nations Global Sustainability Agenda aims to ensure equitable, inclusive and quality education for all by 2030. However, if trends continue, all children worldwide will not receive primary education until 2042, lower secondary education until 2059, and upper secondary education (technical/college entrance qualification or completed apprenticeship training) until 2084.

The GEM Report shows that the poorest countries of this world are far behind and will realize primary education for all children only about 100 years later than the richest countries of this world. Nevertheless, even wealthy countries need to invest significantly more in education, otherwise no country in Europe or North America will manage to provide all young people with an upper secondary education.


In September 2015, the United Nations adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and committed to implementing them by 2030. Goal 4, "By 2030, ensure inclusive, equitable and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning opportunities," is the source of the global education agenda for 2016 to 2030. UNESCO coordinates the implementation and is responsible for monitoring.