13.11.2013 - UNESCO Office in Kabul

“Aspiring for a better tomorrow in a safer and well-educated world”- HE Mr. Farooq Wardak, Minister of Education

UNESCO’s 37th General Conference is taking place in Paris, France from 5th- 20th November. The conference brings together over 3000 delegates highlighting the need for continued cooperation in the fields of education, science, culture and communication and information.

Forging a culture of peace and promoting sustainable development is crucial during this time of heightened global disparities. UNESCO has spearheaded contributions to shaping the new post-2015 sustainable development agenda but as Director-General Irina Bokova pinpointed during the opening session: “The world needs more UNESCO”.

His Excellency Mr. Farooq Wardak, Minister of Education and representative for Afghanistan drew attention to the credible and visible improvements in education, culture, information and communication with more Afghans better educated and trained with prospects for development in science and sports. More than 20 million Afghans use mobile phones with an estimated 95% of the country having access to mass media. The education system now also serves 10.5 million Afghans, including 41% girls.

The minister thanked the international community for their support but reiterated the need to tackle disparities, in particular the need to support education, calling for a concerted effort to address girls’ education. He concluded his speech in Paris by renewing Afghanistan’s commitment to the principles and values of UNESCO with a steadfast approach to MDGs and the post MDG agenda.


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