The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) responsible for coordinating international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication. It strengthens the ties between nations and societies, and mobilizes the wider public so that each child and citizen:

  • has access to quality education; a basic human right and an indispensable prerequisite for sustainable development;
  • may grow and live in a cultural environment rich in diversity and dialogue, where heritage serves as a bridge between generations and peoples;
  • can fully benefit from scientific advances;
  • and can enjoy full freedom of expression; the basis of democracy, development and human dignity.

UNESCO’s messages are of increasing importance today, in a globalized world where interconnections and diversity must serve as opportunities to build peace in the minds of men and women.

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The Global Education Monitoring Report (the GEM Report) is an editorially independent, authoritative and evidence-based annual report published by UNESCO. Its mandate is to monitor progress towards the education targets in the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework.

The GEM Report provides data and policy analysis in relation to these targets, deriving evidence-based findings and recommendations for policy-makers and other stakeholders to use in their work. It serves as an invaluable global resource and advocacy tool, promoting informed dialogue and increasing public awareness of education’s central role in furthering all the sustainable development goals, and the challenges to achieve quality, equitable and inclusive lifelong learning for all by 2030. The reports continue assessment of progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4)  and its 10 targets, as well as other related education targets in the SDG agenda.

The 2017/8 GEM Report ‚ÄėAccountability and education: Meeting our commitments‚Äô examines accountability in education, analyzing how all relevant stakeholders can provide education more effectively, efficiently and equitably. The Report examines different accountability mechanisms that are used to hold governments, schools, teachers, parents, students, civil society, the international community, and the private sector accountable for inclusive, equitable and quality education. By analyzing which policies make accountability work or fail, and which external factors impact on their success, the Report concludes with concrete recommendations that will help build stronger education systems.

The 2019 GEM Report¬†‘Migration, Displacement and Education: Building Brides, Not Walls’¬†focuses mainly¬†on the theme of migration and displacement and¬†emphasises on the urgent need of addressing issues related to migration, displacement and education.

For more information about the GEM Report team or to download the 2017/8 or 2019 reports, please visit https://en.unesco.org/gem-report/


Youth play a vital role in holding governments responsible for equitable and quality education, that is why the GEM team launched the youth version of the GEM report in fall 2017.

To download the 2017/8 Youth Report, learn about the campaign and find social media resources please visit https://en.unesco.org/gem-report/youth