Setting Benchmarks to Achieve SDG 4 Targets

Since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Education 2030 Framework for Action called on countries to establish “appropriate intermediate benchmarks (e.g. for 2020 and 2025)” for the SDG indicators, seeing them as “indispensable for addressing the accountability deficit associated with longer-term targets” (§28). However, a majority of countries has not yet translated the global targets into specific ones to serve as references to report their progress in a regular manner.

To fill this gap and make countries accountable vis-a-vis the agreed global targets of the 2030 Agenda in education, seven global indicators were endorsed to benchmark the global framework against regional ones at the 6th meeting of the Technical Cooperation Group on SDG 4 (TCG) in 2019 in Yerevan, Armenia.


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Following the 2021 Global Education Monitoring - Ministerial Segment on 13 July, Member States have now been asked to define benchmarks values for 2025 and 2030 and ahead of the 41st Session of the General Conference in November.

Regional processes

Each region has its own framework to set, monitor and report on the benchmarks to achieve the SDG 4:

Latin America and the Caribbean