Dubai Cares was selected by the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon as an original member of the Technical Advisory Group for his 5-year Global Education First Initiative which was launched during the week of the UN General Assembly in New York in September 2012 to ensure quality, relevant and transformative education for all children across the world. The Initiative’s overarching priority areas are to put every child in school, improve the quality of learning and foster global citizenship.
Dubai Cares expresses the UAE's commitment to achieving, by 2015, the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (UN MDG) 2 and 3 - namely, to guarantee universal primary education and to promote gender equality, respectively. Dubai Cares is also helping to forge a global partnership for development, as represented by UN MDG 8.
During the week of the 68th United Nations General Assembly in New York, Dubai Cares signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), a multi-stakeholder partnership of developing and donor countries, multilateral agencies, civil society organizations and the private sector and private foundations supporting the education sector in developing countries. The MOU will serve as a framework to facilitate cooperation and collaboration to ensure adequate use of existing resources.
Dubai Cares seeks to be a technical convener on education issues, especially in developing and contributing to the post 2015 MDG agenda and as a champion of innovative programs and policies. As an example, Dubai Cares supported and hosted the second Learning Metrics Task Force meeting in Dubai during February 2012 to identify common learning goals in order to improve learning opportunities for children and youth across the world. The LMTF was convened by the Brookings Institution and UNESCO in order to ensure that learning becomes a central component of the global development agenda, in line with the Global Education First Initiative.