IEA & UNESCO | TIMSS 2019 Joint Report (EN)

The Global Education 2030 Agenda

UNESCO Education Sector

UNESCO, as the United Nations’ specialized agency for education, is entrusted to lead and coordinate the Education 2030 Agenda, which is part of a global movement to eradicate poverty through 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Education, essential to achieve all of these goals, has its own dedicated Goal 4, which aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” The Education 2030 Framework for Action provides guidance for the implementation of this ambitious goal and commitments.

Education is UNESCO’s top priority because it is a basic human right and the foundation on which to build peace and drive sustainable development. UNESCO is the United Nations’ specialized agency for education and the Education Sector provides global and regional leadership in education, strengthens national education systems and responds to contemporary global challenges through education with a special focus on gender equality and Africa.

Education Sector

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization


The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement is an international cooperative of national research institutions, government research agencies, scholars and researchers working to evaluate, understand and improve education worldwide. IEA is a non-profit and independent organization. More than 60 countries are actively involved in the IEA network, and over 100 education systems participate in its studies.


UNESCO Education Sector themes/learning-assessment

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