» Director-General in London to advocate for increased investment in education for Syrian youth
02.02.2016 - ODG

Director-General in London to advocate for increased investment in education for Syrian youth

The Director-General of UNESCO, Ms Irina Bokova, is undertaking a visit to London, where she will participate in the Supporting Syria and the Region Conference, that will be held on 4 February. Prime Minister David Cameron will be co-hosting this conference, alongside The Emir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, The Federal Chancellor of Germany, Ms Angela Merkel, The Prime Minister of Norway, Ms Erna Solberg and the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The London 2016 conference will address the responsibility of the international community to help the 13.5 million vulnerable and displaced people inside Syria, and the 4.39 million Syrian refugees. In addition to raising significant new funding, the international community will aim to address the longer-term needs of those affected by the crisis, creating hope for people inside Syria, and refugees in the region. 

In this context, Irina Bokova will advocate for an increased focus on education for Syrian youth, and appeal for longer-term education funding commitments. Outlining efforts made over the past five years to build resilience and ensure the continuity of education, the Director-General will underline in particular the importance of education in preventing radicalisation and ensuring a bright future for young Syrians. 

On 3 February, 2016, the UNESCO Director-General has been invited to give a lecture at Kings College London, on the theme of “Culture under Attack – Responding to Violent Extremism.” The lecture will be held in the historic Maughan Room, and hosted by the Department of War Studies. 

On the same day, the Director-General will visit the New Europe Galleries 1600-1815 at the Victoria and Albert Museum, at the invitation of Dr Martin Roth, Director of the Museum.

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