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UNESCO and the Republic of Uzbekistan host Information Session on upcoming World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education

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On 29 March, UNESCO and the Republic of Uzbekistan hosted an information session for Member States at UNESCO HQ on the upcoming World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education (WCECCE). Set to run from 14 to 16 November 2022 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, the WCECCE aims to reaffirm the right of all children to quality early childhood care and education by renewing its commitment to and investment in the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 4.2, which calls for ensuring that “all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education.”

As stated by the Assistant Director-General for Education, Ms. Stefania Giannini, “Placing children at the center of the SDGs is a matter of rights, well-being, long-term development and intergenerational justice.” In this sense, the overarching goal of the WCECCE is to renew and expand Member States’ engagement and political commitments to develop ambitious, relevant, and culturally appropriate ECCE policies, to put in place effective and accountable ECCE systems, multi-stakeholder partnerships and services, and to increase and improve investment in ECCE as an essential and integral part of their strategies for attaining lifelong learning societies and sustainable development.

In attendance at the information session were the Minister of Pre-school Education of Uzbekistan, Ms. Agrippina Shin, accompanied by the Deputy Minister, Mr. Uzokboy Begimkulov, and the Head of department, Ministry of Preschool Education of Uzbekistan, Ms. Shakhnoza Mirziyoeva, along with a delegation of experts. The high-level commitment from Uzbekistan and UNESCO leadership mobilization will ensure constructive discussions and proposals by all Member States from regional and national consultations, leading to an outcome document during the WCECCE, the Tashkent Declaration, which will guide the framework for action in the coming years on ECCE with a focus on achieving SDG 4.2.

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Head of department, Ministry of Preschool Education of Uzbekistan, Ms. Shakhnoza Mirziyoeva, Assistant Director-General for Education, Ms. Stefania Giannini and Minister of Pre-school Education of Uzbekistan, Mrs. Agrippina Shin
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Minister of Pre-school Education of Uzbekistan, Mrs. Agrippina Shin and UNESCO Director-General Ms. Audrey Azoulay

The process towards the conference will be dynamic and involved. The active participation of UNESCO's regional and field offices and Member States is expected in order to carry out regional consultations in the coming months. These consultations will result in Regional Outcome documents that will support the elaboration of the Tashkent Declaration during the conference. The objectives of the regional consultations are: highlight key issues, trends, challenges, and perspectives of ECCE, identify innovative practices and innovations, and generate regional recommendations.

In addition, there will be three statutory committees for the WCECCE:

  • The organizing committee is responsible for all matters relating to the organizational aspects of the conference, including event venue, logistics, security, protocol, resource mobilization, and partnership building in-country.  It may include major stakeholders supporting the organization of the conference in the country (government institutions, non-state actors), international organizations, and other development partners. It will be chaired by the Government of Uzbekistan (Prime Minister) and co-chaired by UNESCO (Director General).
  • The programme committee is responsible for global, thematic, and regional reports, facilitation of the regional consultation processes, mobilization of expertise and speakers, and design of the conference programme (plenaries, ministerial roundtables, and concurrent sessions). It may include representatives of UNESCO regional groups and key development partners (UN, multilateral organizations, CSOs, networks). It will be Chaired by UNESCO (Assistant Director-General for Education) and co-chaired by the Government of Uzbekistan (Minister of Preschool Education).
  • The drafting committee is responsible for the main conference outcome document. It will be led by Member States and supported by the Secretariat of UNESCO.

Finally, it is important to highlight that the WCECCE is an intergovernmental conference that happens 12 years after the unique world conference to mobilize Member States, associate members, and the international community for early childhood care and education and will reinforce our commitment for our children, our future.

UNESCO and the Government of Uzbekistan cordially invite Member States, associate members, and key partners to participate and attend the World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education.

For additional information, please contact the UNESCO Secretariat in charge of the Conference at the following email address WCECCE@unesco.org