The Global Alliance for Literacy within the Framework of Lifelong Learning (GAL), a multi-stakeholder partnership led by UNESCO to advance literacy for sustainable development, will take a significant step forward when its executive management bureau (hereafter, the bureau) holds its first annual meeting. The meeting will be held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on 27 February 2017. The Bureau will discuss and develop a work plan proposal for GAL for the next two years. This will build on the GAL Roadmap for Action – The Way Forward to 2030, and further develop the terms of reference of the GAL core group.
Comprising a group of committed partners, including countries, regional entities, donors, the private sector, civil society organizations, foundations, associations, and experts from diverse backgrounds, GAL was established to bring together stakeholders to work towards achieving the literacy targets set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Following its official launch on the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day, in September 2016, GAL elected the executive bureau to coordinate its efforts and support progress in Member States. H.E. Ms Kandia Camara, Minister of Education, Côte d'Ivoire, and Mr Arne Carlsen, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, were elected as co-chairs of the bureau. They will work with three elected vice-chairs: H.E. Ms Maria Helena Guimarães de Castro, Executive Secretary of the Brazilian Minister of Education; Ms Gugulethu Ndebele, Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children South Africa; and Ms Maria Khan, Secretary-General of the Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education, who represents the Global Campaign for Education. In addition, Her Royal Highness Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, UNESCO Special Envoy on Literacy for Development, is the designated honorary member, while Mr Dan Wagner, UNESCO Chair in Learning and Literacy, is its special advisor.