United Nations approves resolution on “Literacy for Life”

2022-11-09 15:06:04

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. On November 4, the resolution on “Literacy for Life,” initiated by Mongolia and co-authored by 115 countries, was approved by public consensus at the Third Committee Meeting of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.


Recognizing that literacy is a foundation for lifelong learning, a building block for achieving human rights and fundamental freedoms, and a driver of sustainable development, and had a catalytic effect as a global framework for sustained and focused efforts for the promotion of literacy and literate environments.


The 4.6th goal of sustainable development includes the issue of literacy education for young people and adults, but now this goal has been implemented by 87%. For example, 90% of men and 83% of women in the world are literate, but 770 million adults are illiterate. In this resolution, decision-makers are urged to take into account the fact that the number of 244 million children and youth worldwide who are not enrolled in school has not changed much in the last decade, but the situation has worsened due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Takes note of the Transforming Education Summit, convened by the Secretary-General of UN Antonio Guterres, and welcomes the establishment of the United Nations Youth Office to support ongoing efforts towards mobilizing financial and technical support and investment to promote and upscale quality and inclusive education and training.


Mongolia initiated the “Literacy for Life” resolution in 2002 and updates every two years since for approval of the UN General Assembly.