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Education for All: Irina Bokova, UNESCO
14 Apr 2011 -  Education can bring sustainability in all Millennium Development Goals, says Irina Bokova, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Ms Bokova answers the following questions:

Does the education systems adapt to the needs of today's economy?

What is needed to bolster the philanthropic community's engagement in education?

Is there a role for the private sector to help close the global teacher gap?

Ms. Bokova was interviewed prior the special event of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), "Partnering with the philanthropic community to promote education for all" on 28 February 2011.

This event was one of the preparatory events for the 2011 ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review (AMR) on "implementing the internationally agreed goals and commitments in regard to education", and was organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), in collaboration with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP), and the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthrophy (CECP).

The key objective of the special event was to increase focus on issues central to the achievement of education for all, through:

(i) broadening of the range of stakeholders involved in the work of ECOSOC, as well as increasing the awareness amongst the philanthropic community on the progress made and the challenges faced in achieving the internationally agreed goals and commitments on education;
(ii) promoting concrete initiatives by the philanthropic community and initiating new partnerships that would accelerate progress in reaching the international goals and targets related to education;
(iii) expanding multi-stakeholder engagement in the international community's efforts to help advance the progress on the two focus areas mentioned above.

More information:

Official page of the special event

Press release "Global Philanthropy Event to Boost Funding For Education"

ECOSOC Facebook page
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