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António Guterres (UN Secretary-General) at "The Drive for Five - A Global Call to Action for the Education of Adolescent Girls" event
11 Feb 2020 -  Extract:

"If you ask me what is the first priority for a better world I would have no doubt to say: quality education for all. And the first priority within the first priority is quality education for all girls. The only way to reach, one day, effectively gender equality in our society is to make sure that we start by gender parity in our educational systems.
And so, I am pleased to be with you to support this Drive for 5 call to action to educate adolescent girls.
And I am pleased to be sharing the stage with Mary Robinson and Bono, both of whom have shown in so many ways their commitment to furthering peace, human rights, sustainable development and the principles of the United Nations.
As Secretary-General, but especially as a former teacher, I am keenly aware of the vital importance of promoting education for adolescent girls.
This is an indispensable foundation for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and for a better world.
I thank the Government of Ireland for bringing together young people, activists and educators around this critical subject, because education is necessary for success and well-being in all societies.
And it is essential, as it was said already so many time here, for gender equality.
A good education can boost a woman’s quality of life and open doors to decent work opportunities."


The Permanent Mission of Ireland hosted a high level event at the United Nations focused on Girls’ Education. Working with partners including the One Foundation, the Global Partnership for Education and UN Women it aimed to put a spotlight on adolescent girls’ education and to launch a movement for five transformative actions to get all adolescent girls into school and provide them with quality, relevant education in supportive, safe and healthy environments.
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