The launching event of the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report was organized by the UNESCO Headquarters, Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, Russian National Commission for UNESCO and UNESCO IITE on 19 April 2018, in Moscow, Russia. The presentation of the 2017/8 GEM Report was delivered by Mr. William C. Smith, Senior Policy Analyst, UNESCO Headquarters (Paris), at the Moscow International Education Fair.
In 2017, the GEM Report series continues its assessment of progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal on education (SDG 4) and its 10 targets, as well as other related education targets in the SDG agenda. It also investigates accountability in education, analyzing how all relevant stakeholders can provide education more effectively, efficiently and equitably. The report examines different accountability mechanisms that are used to hold governments, schools, teachers, parents, the international community, and the private sector accountable for inclusive, equitable and quality education. By analysing which policies make accountability work or fail, and which external factors impact on their success, the 2017/8 GEM Report concludes with concrete recommendations that will help build stronger education systems.