UNLD Honorary Ambassador
Laura Bush is the UNESCO Honorary Ambassador for the United Nations Literacy Decade (UNLD - 2003-2012). She was appointed in 2003, in recognition of her dedication to learning and the promotion of reading and for her commitment to universal education and literacy. In this capacity, she has been promoting education worldwide, especially for women and children.
Mrs Bush plays an outstanding role in advocating literacy for all, helping to increase political commitment and financial support for literacy, both on the part of developing countries and donors.
To this end, Mrs Bush has convened leaders from around the world on various occasions, starting with the White House Conference on Global Literacy held in 2006 – this initiated a major advocacy drive which found further expression in six subsequent UNESCO regional conferences in 2007 and 2008 and culminated in the White House Symposium on Advancing Global Literacy in 2008.
As part of her sustained effort for advocacy and mobilization, Mrs Bush played a major role in the creation of a UNLD Fund to Advance Global Literacy, urging other partners – governments, civil society and private sector donors – to raise investment in literacy through contributions to the Fund.
Read more about her recent activities:
2010 – Educating and Empowering the Women and Girls of Afghanistan: A Conference on Education and Literacy, 19 March, Dallas, George W. Bush Institute, USA
2009 – International Literacy Day celebrations, 8 September 2009, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris
2007/2008 – Regional Conferences in support of Global Literacy (Qatar, China, Mali, India, Azerbaijan, Mexico)
2008 – The Interface between Literacy and Development, 7 October, High-level advocacy event at the UN Building, New York, USA
2006 – The White House Conference on Global Literacy, New York Public Library, USA