Dear Colleagues,
We have the pleasure to invite you to register and participate in Education Cannot Wait’s Global High-Level Advocacy Discussion: ‘The Future of Education is Here for Those Left Furthest Behind’, taking place on Thursday, 17 September from 9:00-10:30 am, EST, as a virtual side event to the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
To easily and quickly register now, please click here:
Confirmed speakers include:
The Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education; Baroness Liz Sugg, Minister for the Overseas Territories and Sustainable Development and the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Girls’ Education, UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office; H.E. Maria Victoria Angulo, Minister for Education, Colombia; Henrietta H. Fore, UNICEF Executive Director; Dag Inge Ulstein, Minister of International Development, Norway; H.E. Dr. Getahun Mekuriya, Minister of Education for Ethiopia; Dr. Maria Flachsbarth, German Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development; Carol O’Connell, Acting Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of State; Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO; Kevin Watkins, Chief Executive, Save the Children UK; EU Commissioners Jutta Urpilainen and Janez Lenarčič; H.E. Stanislas Ouaro, Minister of Education and Literacy, Burkina-Faso; Delphine O, Ambassador and Secretary General for the UN Women's Global Forum; Julie Cram, USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator; John Goodwin, C
hief Executive Officer, The LEGO Foundation; Sarah Brown, Chair, Theirworld; The Hon. Abdullahi Godah Barre, Minister of Education, Culture and Higher Education, Federal Republic of Somalia; Jaime Saavedra, Global Education Director, The World Bank; H.E. Dr. Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Cares; Sarah Mardini, Syrian Youth Advocate; Miranda Ndolo, Theirworld Cameroon Youth Advocate; and more!
Please find the Agenda for this dynamic and exciting global discussion, which will be moderated by Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait and is co-hosted by: Ministry of Education of Colombia, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), US Government, United Kingdom, the Ministry of Development Cooperation for Norway, the Ministry of Education of Ethiopia and the Ministry of Education of Burkina Faso. 

This virtual meeting of global leaders, education experts and young people will take place during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, and offer an opportunity to reimagine education for those left furthest behind, shifting the narrative from one of crisis to one of opportunity. We will provide a platform for leaders to bring forward commitments that bring this shared ambition to life. We will amplify the voices of young people to guide us on a path to deliver a better future for conflict and crisis-affected children and youth. 
We warmly invite you to register now and be part of this timely conversation on 17 September. We also appreciate if you can share this message, with the registration link above, widely with your staff, colleagues and other interested partners.
If you have any questions related to this event, please contact
Best regards,

About Education Cannot Wait (ECW)
ECW is the first global fund dedicated to education in emergencies. It was launched by international humanitarian and development aid actors, along with public and private donors, to address the urgent education needs of 75 million children and youth in conflict and crisis settings. ECW’s investment modalities are designed to usher in a more collaborative approach among actors on the ground, ensuring relief and development organizations join forces to achieve education outcomes. Education Cannot Wait is hosted by UNICEF. The Fund is administered under UNICEF’s financial, human resources and administrative rules and regulations, while operations are run by the Fund’s own independent governance structure.

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