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Major progress report on education to be launched at UNICEF House

The Global Monitoring Report 2007 highlights importance of early childhood development for children to succeed in school

Koichiro Matsuura:  Director-General of UNESCO;
Ann M. Veneman: UNICEF Executive Director;
Nick Burnett: Director of the Report;
Peter Smith: Assistant Director-General for Education of UNESCO

Press conference followed by panel discussion to launch the Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2007, “Strong
foundations: early childhood care and education.”

UNICEF House, Labouisse Hall
Three UN Plaza, between First and Second Avenues, New York, NY 10017

Thursday, 26 October 2006, Press conference, 9:30 – 10:30am

The Education For All Global Monitoring Report is commissioned by UNESCO and prepared and published annually by an independent team of experts.  It includes its regular assessment of where the world stands on its commitment to provide universal basic education to all by 2015.  This year’s report focuses on early childhood care and education and finds it remains the forgotten link in the education chain in most developing regions.

For further information, please contact:

Kate Donovan, UNICEF Media, 212 326 7452  e-mail:
Suzanne Bilello, UNESCO New York, 212 963 4386 e-mail:

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