Preparations for the 2022 Summit will be guided by four overarching principles:
- Country-led: The Summit will be guided by the 2030 Agenda, the 2015 Incheon Declaration for Education 2030 and recent outcomes of the UNESCO Global Education Meeting, including the 2021 Paris Declaration: A global call for investing in the Futures of Education. A significant emphasis will be placed on engagement at the national level and member states will be actively engaged throughout the process.
- Inclusive: The Summit will embody the inclusive, networked and effective multilateralism envisioned by the Political Declaration marking the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and the SecretaryGeneral’s report on Our Common Agenda. The TES will therefore bring together the full range of stakeholders that are relevant to the advancement of the 2030 Agenda’s commitments on education and lifelong learning, including youth and children, teachers, academia, international organizations, civil society and the private sector.
- Youth-inspired: The Summit will be prepared by, with and for youth. Steps will be taken to ensure that youth help to shape the Summit and participate in all Summit work streams.
- Building on existing efforts: The Summit will seek to reinforce and strengthen global cooperation around education at all levels including by ensuring effective integration of the Summit’s outcomes into existing SDG4 arrangements. It will be prepared with the full engagement of UNESCO and other relevant UN entities and seek to further strengthen existing efforts and initiatives, including those that emerged in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Summit will, for instance, ensure strong synergies with the work of the newly established SDG4-Education 2030 High-Level Steering Committee, helping to ignite its work for the future.