ERF UN Education Forum

Palais de Nations GenevaThe Global High-level Forum on Balanced and Inclusive Education, organised jointly by The Education Relief Foundation (ERF), and the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, brings together senior decision makers within governments, development partners, research institutions and civil society organisations.
The overall aim is to develop strategies for accelerating progress towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal no. 4 (SDG#4) on inclusive and equitable quality education for all.
During 2017, ERF and its partners have hosted four high-level regional stakeholder meetings on the topic of balanced and inclusive education in Thailand, Nigeria, Panama and Switzerland.
At this final stage, ERF and are consolidating the recommendations resulting from these four regional meetings to produce a Policy Guide for Code of Ethics on Balanced and Inclusive Education. Participants at the High-level Forum on Friday 8th December 2017 at the United Nations in Geneva will help work towards establishing and endorsing a set of substantial policy and action-oriented recommendations to use as the basis for the Policy Guide.
Registration: Please note that it is necessary to register using the UN's online event form at to attend the Forum.
Friday 8 December 2017
Venue: Palais des Nations, Room XXII, United Nations Geneva
Time Activity  
10.00-10.15 Welcome Remarks
Mr. Peter Fell, ERF Board Secretary
Mr. Robert Blum - Head of Cercle Diplomatique de Genève
10.15-10.30 Official greetings
Shaikh Manssour Bin Mussallam
President ERF,
Geneva, Switzerland
10.30-10.45 Keynote Address
H.E. Mr. Jack Mathieu Émile Lang
Former Minister of Culture, Former Minister of
Education, France
President Institut du Monde Arabe

Panel presentations 

(5 min per speaker)

  • Dr. Gatot Hari Priowirjanto, Director, Southeast Asia Ministeries of Education Council Organisation (SEAMEO)
  • Dr. Colum de Sales Murphy, Founder and President, Geneva School of Diplomacy
  • Prof. Norbert Hounkonnou, President of the Benin National Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters (ANSALB) and ICMPA-UNESCO Chair
  • Dr. Juan Manuel Martinez Garcia, Director of Development, General-Directorate of Curricular Development, Secretariat of Public Education, Mexico.
  • Ms. Yetnebersch Nigussie, Right Livelihood Award Laureate and Senior Inclusion Advisor Light for the World
  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Stückelberger, President and Founder, Foundation, Switzerland
11.15-11.30 Official Remarks from the Panel (15 min) Edgar Morin French philosopher, sociologist, UNESCO Chair of Complex Thought and largely considered founder of Transdisciplinarity
Recommendations and Support Statements from Regional Meetings on ERF's BIE proposals
  • Dr. Ethel Agnes Pascua-Valenzuela, Deputy Director for Programme and Development, SEAMEO
  • Dr. François Vallaeys, President, Union of University Social Responsibility for Latin America (URSULA) - 78 Latin American member universities
  • Victoria Kanobe Kisaakye, Programmes Coordinator, UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa, Uganda
  • Prof Abdeljalil Akkari, Faculty of Psychology and Sciences of Education – Research Team in International Dimensions of Education, University of Geneva

Country/institutional support statements

Acknowledge the regional stakeholders'
meetings jointly organised during 2017 by the Education Relief Foundation (ERF) and its partners, namely the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO), the Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS), the Centre
for Applied Linguistics (CAL), Foundation and the Geneva School of Diplomacy as global contributions to our efforts in moving the SDG4 agenda forward in the regions of Southeast Asia, Latin America, Africa,
and the Global North;
Take note of the recommendations collated from the regional stakeholders' meetings on youth development through balanced and inclusive education by the adequate training of teachers with our Balanced and Inclusive Education (BIE) pedagogies to support culturally responsive school environments.; and
Endorse the need for developing a global guide for ethics, principles, policies and practice for the delivery and uptake of our balanced and inclusive education methodology, based on ERF's four pillars of balanced and inclusive education, which support the principles of intraculturalism, transdisciplinarity, dialecticism and contextuality.
Support statements from institutions
  • Dr Ramon Bacani, Director SEAEMO INNOTECH
  • Mr. Ichiro Miyazawa, Programme Specialist, Lifelong Learning and Literacy Section: Educational Innovation and Skills Development, UNESCO Bangkok
  • Mr. Opertti Renato Senior Programme Specialist UNESCO Geneva
  • Dr. Elmar Kuhn, European Academy of Sciences and Arts
  • Dr Lena Casiez, UNESCO Chair Education for
    Citizenship, Aix Marseille University », Camp des Milles Foundation -Memory and Education
  • Ms.Claudia Dowell, Head of Marketing (EMEA) at Turnitin
Support statements from country missions – UNOG/Country
  • First Secretary Mr Fatjon Demneri Permanent Mission of Albania to UNOG
  • Second Secretary Ms. Christina Tsenta, Permanent Mission of Cyprus to UNOG
  • Second Secretary Mr. Bhuwan Paudel, Permanent Mission of Nepal to UNOG (Ministry of Education Delegate)
  • Ms. Baguma Grace, Director National Curriculum Development Center, Ministry of Education, Uganda
  • Ms. Suraya Norin Ismail, Ministry of Education, Malaysia
Meeting Conclusion
Announcement of support statements, endorsements collected from representatives of UNESCO, SEAMEO,
URSULA, NAS, ANSALB, Permanent missions to UN in Geneva, country delegates, academia, NGO representatives and supporters of ERF initiative on BIE.
Mr. Alexander A. Mejia
Programme Director
United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
12.30-12.45 Photo Sessions
Group photos
ERF & Partners