Statement by GPE CEO Laura Frigenti on COP28 Declaration on the Common Agenda for Education and Climate Change
GPE at COP28

As the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) convenes in Dubai, the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) strongly welcomes the adoption of the groundbreaking Declaration on the Common Agenda for Education and Climate Change, the first global political acknowledgment of the critical link between education and climate action as foundational for a resilient and sustainable future for all children.

Education is essential to long-term climate resilience and adaptation, while climate change has a profound impact on children’s learning and future prospects. The political declaration sets out a clear path for nations to incorporate education into their national climate strategies, develop climate-smart education policies, and bolster financing to build climate-resilient education systems.

Quality and inclusive education can equip young people with skills for green jobs and sustainable technologies, driving economic growth and ensuring a more just and equitable green transition. It is vital for future workers and citizens to support climate adaptation and mitigation efforts.

The education sector is rapidly becoming the new frontline for climate adaptation and countries need significant sources of financing to step up to the challenge. Governments and donors must allocate more resources to adapt education systems to climate realities. I am encouraged by the commitment from states to address funding shortfalls through partnerships and innovative financing. This is essential not just for education, but also for broader children's services, including health, nutrition, and protection.

The pledge made by the 37 founding partners to the declaration, many of whom are GPE partners and represent every region across the world, demonstrates significant political leadership. This must now translate into tangible action to protect future generations.

By aligning education systems with climate goals, we can not only adapt to the impacts of climate change but also reimagine education as a force for innovation, resilience, and sustainable development and growth.

GPE stands ready to the declaration’s objectives to make every child climate-ready, by continuing to champion and investing in education systems that are resilient and inclusive and prepare young people today to face the challenges of tomorrow.

GPE at COP28

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