UNESCO to address attacks on schools at UN event (30 June)
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova will lend her support to a call for strengthened action to protect schools in armed conflict at a panel discussion at the UN on 30 June.
The side event on Children and Armed Conflict, to be opened by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, aims to raise awareness among stakeholders about the gravity of attacks on schools in advance of Germany’s submission of a resolution to the Security Council in July on expanding the current reporting and monitoring mechanism. This resolution would make attacks on schools and hospitals a ‘trigger’ for inclusion in the Secretary-General’s annual report on children and armed conflict, marking an important step to ending the impunity of perpetrators of such acts.
Radhika Coomaraswamy, UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict and Ambassador and Dr Peter Wittig, Permanent Representative of Germany to the UN, are co-chairing the event. UNESCO’s Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education, Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser and other eminent personalities will address the participants.
Armed conflict is threatening the achievement of the Education for All goals. UNESCO’s 2011 Education for All Global Monitoring Report draws attention to the scale of this “ hidden crisis” that is currently robbing 28 million children of an education by exposing them to widespread sexual violence, targeted attacks on schools and other abuses. UNESCO has a mandate to promote full and equal opportunities for education for all, including those whose access to education is threatened or prevented by targeted violence.
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