3. Statement on the Follow-Up to the World Conference on Education for All
The principal follow-up will be at the country level. One of the first follow-up steps may, therefore, be for countries to conduct a "needs assessment" to ascertain what resources are required to reach their goals. With regard to external resources, multilateral, bilateral agencies and NGOs for their part should endeavour to coordinate their actions at country-level more effectively.
Opportunities should be provided within the existing structures for a process of consultation among countries in regional or subregional settings to share mutual concerns and to discuss how multilateral and bilateral agencies and NGOs can best assist them.
Whatever follow-up mechanism may, at the same time, be established at international level, it should serve national follow-up action and support it effectively. Follow-up action at the international level would seek to maintain the spirit of cooperation amongst countries, multilateral and bilateral agencies, as well as NGOs, which has been the hallmark of the World Conference.
UNDP, Unesco, UNICEF and the World Bank have agreed to increase support to basic education within each of their own planning frame-works, structures and resources allocation mechanisms. To this end they have decided to meet annually to coordinate their own activities in the educational field.
As a consequence of the momentum generated by the World Conference, it is expected that national representatives, multilateral and bilateral agencies and NGOs would wish to be part of a consultative forum which will aim at promoting the EFA goals.
International follow-up action will rely on existing mechanisms. Unesco has offered to provide appropriate services to facilitate the follow-up.
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