Dhaka Declaration adopted at ILD event in Bangladesh


17 September 2014

On the occasion of International Literacy Day, an International Conference on “Girls’ and Women’s Literacy and Education: Foundation for Sustainable Development” took place in Dhaka on 8 September 2014. It was organised by the Government of Bangladesh in partnership with UNESCO and in support of the United Nations Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative. The inaugural session was attended by around 2,000 participants, including the Prime Minister of Bangladesh as the Chief Guest, the Director-General of UNESCO as Guest of Honour, eight Ministers and Deputy Ministers, representatives of civil society organisations, bilateral donors, UN agencies and a big group of school children. During this session, the 2014 UNESCO Confucius and King Sejong Literacy Prizes were awarded to programmes from Algeria, Burkina Faso, Ecuador, South Africa/USA and Spain.

In the subsequent plenary and thematic sessions of the Conference, around 300 participants discussed the critical importance of girls’ and women’s literacy and education for sustainable development as well as issues related to policy, funding, programmes, monitoring, institutional strengthening and multi-stakeholder partnerships.

During the final plenary session, chaired by Arne Carlsen, Director of UIL, the Dhaka Declaration was adopted by the participants of the Conference. Calling for a number of specific actions to accelerate progress in literacy and education as an imperative for sustainable development, this declaration will be taken to the forthcoming World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development in Nagoya in November 2014 and the World Education Forum in the Republic of Korea in May 2015. This was announced by Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, at the Closing Session.

Download: Dhaka Declaration (PDF, 255 KB)