06.07.2015 - ODG

Director-General to Participate in Oslo Summit on Education for Development

© UNESCO/Cynthia Guttman - UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, with Prime Minister Sharif of Pakistan, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Prime Minister Solberg

On 7 July, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, will take part in the Oslo Summit on Education for Development in Oslo, Norway, focusing on “Addressing the Unfinished Agenda – Delivering Quality Education for All”.

Hosted by the Government of Norway in cooperation with UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown, the Summit will be opened by the Prime Minister of Norway, HE Ms Erna Solberg, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, and Laureate of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, Malala Yousafzai. It will bring together heads of state and government, ministers, heads of UN agencies and representatives of civil society and the private sector, to mobilize a strong and renewed political commitment to promote global education as we approach the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals and the adoption of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. It will build on the conclusions of the World Education Forum that was held in Korea in May 2015, and aim to provide input to the third International Conference on Financing for Development in Ethiopia from 13 to 16 July. The Summit will place special focus on investment, girls’ education, quality and emergency situations.

The Director-General will take part in a high-level panel discussion on “Quality and Learning”. It will explore how to ensure qualified, well-supported and motivated teachers, exchange good practices and share challenges related to the upgrading of skills and competences of teachers and educators. Participants will include HE Mr Brigi Rafini, Prime Minister of the Republic of Niger, Mr Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Mr Akihiko Tanaka, President of Japan International Cooperation Agency, Mr Eric G. Postel, Associate Administrator of USAID and Mr Fred van Leeuwen, Secretary General of Education International.  

On the occasion of the Summit, UNESCO’s Education for All Global Monitoring Report has prepared policy papers on “Investing in Teachers is Investing in Learning;” and on “Humanitarian Aid for Education.” The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and GMR just released new figures on the number of children and adolescents who are out of school.

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