22.06.2012 - ODG

At Rio +20, Irina Bokova highlights the critical role of education in reaching sustainable development

© UNESCO/ Cheikh N’Diaye - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova with UN Secretary-General and other CEB Executive Heads at Rio +20, 22 June.

On Friday 22 June, together with the UN Secretary-General and other CEB Executive Heads, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova participated in the CEB side event entitled “UN System: Together for the Future We Want”. Opening the side event, Mr. Ban Ki-moon highlighted issues related to the green economy and green growth, vulnerable human populations and social protection floors, which he saw as key areas of work for the CEB in the future.

In her intervention, the Director-General elaborated on the critical role of education in pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“Investing in education is crucial for achieving sustainable development, poverty eradication, equity and inclusiveness”, said Irina Bokova, indicating that “quality matters as much as quantity”.

The Director-General highlighted also the role and contribution of Education for Sustainable Development and the critical importance of green technical and vocational education and training.

In concluding the side event, the Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Mr. Sha Zukang, emphasized the need to ensure an effective and coordinated follow-up process to Rio+20.

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