International Launch

2010 Education for All Global Monitoring Report - Reaching the marginalized

Education "should never be an accident of circumstance."

- from speech by Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, launched Reaching the marginalized, the 2010 Education for All Global Monitoring Report, at UN headquarters in New York on 19 January, 2010. This is followed on 20 January by a policy event in Washington, DC.





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  • Master of ceremonies, Femi Oke, Correspondent "The Takeaway",
    Public Radio International
  • Address by Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Address by Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
  • Presentation of the 2010 EFA Global Monitoring Report, Kevin Watkins, Director of the Report
  • Address by Mohamed Ibrahim Elmi, Minister of State for Development of Northern Kenya
  • Address by Kailash Satyarthi, President of the Global Campaign for Education
  • Address by Jenny Mena, student from The Point Community Development Corporation in the Bronx
  • Questions and Answers session 


Background Information

Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon
Ban Ki-moon is the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations. His career encompasses many years of service both in government and on the global stage, including as his country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade; postings in New Delhi, Vienna and Washington D.C.; and responsibility for a variety of portfolios, including foreign policy, national security and policy planning.

Mr Ban’s ties with the United Nations date back to 1975, when he worked for the Foreign Ministry’s United Nations division. In 2001-2002, he was Chef-de-Cabinet during the Republic of Korea’s Presidency of the General Assembly. In 1999, he served as Chairman of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization.

Mr Ban has also been actively involved in promoting peace and stability on the Korean peninsula. He holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from Seoul National University and a master's degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova
Irina Bokova assumed the post of UNESCO Director-General on 15 November 2009, after having served as Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to France and Monaco, Personal Representative of the Bulgarian President to the "Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie" and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO from 2005 to 2009.

Born in 1952, she obtained an MBA from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations and studied at the universities of Maryland and Harvard in the USA. During her long and distinguished career, she also served as Bulgaria's representative to the United Nations and as her country's Secretary of State for European integration and Foreign Minister. Ms Bokova has long promoted the transition to European integration. As Founder and Chairperson of the European Policy Forum, she worked to overcome divisions in Europe and promote the values of dialogue, diversity, human dignity and rights.

Director, EFA Global Monitoring Report, Kevin Watkins
Kevin Watkins took up his post with the GMR team in January 2008, having just completed several years as director and lead author of the UNDP Human Development Report. He had previously served on the drafting committee of the Dakar Framework for Action and the six Education for All Goals agreed to in 2000 and was the author of Oxfam’s influential Education Report, published the same year.

He holds a BA in Politics and Social Science from Durham University and a doctorate from Oxford University. He is currently a Senior Visiting Research Fellow with the Global Economic Governance (CEG) programme, University College, Oxford University.

Minister of State for the Development of Northern Kenya and other Arid Lands, Mohamed Ibrahim Elmi
Mohamed Ibrahim Elmi has headed the Ministry of State for the Development of Northern Kenya and other Arid Lands since its creation in April 2008. Under his leadership, the new ministry is helping to develop a Nomadic Education Policy, laying down innovative strategies to expand learning opportunities among vulnerable and marginalized communities in the north.

Mohamed Ibrahim Elmi has over 25 years experience in development and community health, at both local and international levels. He is currently a board member of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), Kenya, and for several years served as Commissioner with the Kenya Poverty Commission, a Presidential appointment. He holds an MA in Community Health from Liverpool University, School of Tropical Medicine.

President of the Global Campaign for Education, Kailash Satyarthi
Kailash Satyarthi has served as President of the Global Campaign for Education since 2001, bringing together civil society organizations in an international effort to ensure that governments deliver on their promise to provide Education for All.

Born in 1954 in Vidisha, India, Kailash has worked to help under-privileged students from a very early age. He is the founder of the Global March Against Child Labour, the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement), the South Asian Coalition on Child Servitude (SACCS), and the world's first child labour free social labelling system, RUMKARK. Kailash has led raid and rescue missions despite several attacks on his life. He and his colleagues at BBA have liberated over 77,000 bonded and child labourers and helped rehabilitate and provide education to tens of thousands of children. He is the recipient of several international awards.

Jenny Mena, student from The Point Community Development Corporation in the Bronx


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