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UNGEI global conference on girls’ education focuses on preventing “56 million wasted opportunities”
UNGEI global conference on girls’ education focuses on preventing “56 million wasted opportunities”
DAKAR, Senegal, 17 May 2010 – A conference designed to find new ways to ensure that some 56 million children – most of them girls – do not miss out on their right to education opens in Senegal today. Read More >
Message by Juan Somavia Director-General of the International Labour Office on the occasion of International Youth Day
12 August 2009 - We mark International Youth Day amidst a global economic and social crisis that is hitting young people hard. Read More >
News note: UNGEI Global Advisory Committee: Technical Meeting Recommendations to Global and Regional Levels
The Global Advisory Committee (GAC) of the UN Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) hosted a Technical meeting in New York on 27 May 2009. Read More >
Extended deadline for ‘Keeping Boys out of Risk’ competition
20 January 2009 - The application deadline for a regional competition launched to identify and promote successful projects working with youth-at-risk in the Caribbean has been extended until 27 January 2009. Read More >
World Bank and Commonwealth Secretariat Focus on Boys at Risk in the Caribbean
WASHINGTON, DC, United States, 4 December 2008 - The World Bank and the Commonwealth Secretariat launched today a regional contest to identify, recognize and promote initiatives that have demonstrated success in engaging youth-at-risk in the Caribbean. Read More >
A Word From Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah on The World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse
19 November 2008 - Abuse against children takes many forms – violence inflicted upon them or around them; exploitation in factories and fields; trafficking for labor, prostitution, and war; forced marriage and childbearing for little girls who are still just children themselves. Read More >
Joint message on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day
5 October 2008 - Today is World Teachers’ Day, a day when we acknowledge the essential role teachers play in providing children, young people and adults with a relevant and appropriate education. Read More >
World Teachers’ Day 2007
5 October 2007 - Today, on World Teachers’ Day, we celebrate teachers and the central role they play in efforts to achieve quality education for all children. Read More >
UNICEF: Education under fire
NEW YORK / GENEVA, 29 JUNE 2007 – UNICEF today condemned continuing attacks on schoolchildren and educational facilities in conflict zones around the world.  "Attacks on schoolchildren are unacceptable,” said UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman. “Schools must be safe environments for children to learn and thrive.” Read More >
UNICEF urges leaders to increase commitment to education
BRUSSELS, 2 May 2007 – UNICEF today joins political leaders and education advocates in their call for more and faster aid for education. The call comes at a high-level meeting focusing on the theme ‘Keeping our promises on education’. Read More >
Media Advisory: International summit to call for faster, long-term aid to educate the world's children before 2015
BRUSSELS/ LONDON / WASHINGTON, 12 April 2007 – Rich country donors, international organizations along with civil society leaders, will appeal for concrete new aid commitments to educate all the world's children by 2015 during a High-Level Education Conference in Brussels on 2 May 2007.  Read More >
Global Campaign for Education urges donors to give resources not rhetoric
Global Campaign for Education urges donors to give resources not rhetoric
13 March 2007 - Activists from hundreds of organizations around the world, united under the banner ‘Global Campaign for Education’ (GCE) today welcomed Louis Michel, European Commissioner for Development’s announcement of an exceptional high-level donor conference on education in Brussels this spring. Read More >
Financial Times raises more than $1.2 million for CAMFED International through Seasonal Appeal
CAMBRIDGE, UK, 2 March 2007 — CAMFED International, a Cambridge, UK-based organization that supports girls’ education in rural communities in Africa, announced today that it has raised more than $1.2 million through the Financial Times Seasonal Appeal. Read More >
UNFPA: Statement on the Occasion of International Women's Day
08 March 2007 - No matter where a girl is born, she should live free of discrimination and violence. Every girl and woman should enjoy equal opportunity and equal rights. Read More >
Despite progress, girls subjected to violence and discrimination
NEW YORK, 5 March 2007 – Violence against women and girls is one of the most extreme forms of inequality, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said today on the occasion of the 51st Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Read More >
Media advisory: Young people speak up on the status of girls
Children, policymakers and child-rights activists will convene for a series of events marking the 51st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), brought together by UNICEF and partners. Read More >
Queen Rania becomes UNICEF’s first Eminent Advocate for Children at the World Economic Forum
DAVOS, 26 January 2007 – UNICEF and Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah signed an agreement at the World Economic Forum in Davos today naming the Queen of Jordan as UNICEF’s first ever Eminent Advocate for Children. Read More >
UNESCO: Education at the 7th World Social Forum
January 2007 - UNESCO’s Education Sector is co-organizing three workshops at the World Social Forum (Nairobi, Kenya, 20 -25 January). The workshops, jointly organized with partner NGOs and the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, will address literacy, girls’ education and civil society’s influence on education. Read More >
DFID - Developing global partnerships in education: The World Classroom
4 January 2007 - Chancellor Gordon Brown and International Development Secretary Hilary Benn today launched “The World Classroom” a new publication showcasing how UK schools build links with schools in the developing world. Read More >
Awards in Commonwealth Education Good Practice for 16CCEM
January 2006 - The first round of Education Good Practice Awards was concluded at the 16th Conference of Commomwealth Education Ministers (16CCEM) Closing ceremony in Cape Town, South Africa on 14 December 2006.  Read More >
Letter to Mr. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Mrs. Nane Annan
Dear Mr. Secretary-General and Mrs. Annan,
Your contributions to promoting girls’ education at the global, regional and national levels have been tremendous. We would like to take this moment to celebrate your leadership in girls’ education and pay tribute to your legacy, which has had an impact on communities and lives throughout the world... Read More >
Launch of the 2007 Education for All Global Monitoring Report
Launch of the 2007 Education for All Global Monitoring Report
PARIS/NEW YORK, 26 October 2006- Latin America and the Caribbean leads the developing world in the provision of pre-school education, according to the annual Education for All Global Monitoring Report*, published by UNESCO today.  Read More >
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 Read More >
Spotlight on Girls’ Education in East Asia and the Pacific
12 October 2006 - The Regional Group on the United Nation's Girl's Education Initiative (UNGEI ) in East Asia and the Pacific met on 6 October 2006 in Bangkok, Thailand. Read More >
World Teachers' Day: Teachers key to meeting major Commonwealth challenges
LONDON, UK, 5th October 2006 - Speech by Rt Hon Don McKinnon, Commonwealth Secretary-General, World Teachers’ Day Conference (‘Optimising Commonwealth Teacher Potential’)(Commonwealth Secretariat, Commonwealth Teachers’ Grouping, National Union of Teachers), Marlborough House, London, UK. Read More >
UNESCO Director-General condemns murder of women’s rights champion and educationalist, Safia Ama Jan
3 October 2006 - The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today vigorously condemned the murder of Afghan women’s rights defender and leading advocate of education for girls, Safia Ama Jan, who was gunned down outside her home in Kandahar on 25 September. Read More >
Joint Message on the Occasion of World Teachers’ Day 2006
5 October 2006 - On World Teachers’ Day 2006 we celebrate teachers and their enormous contribution to learning and social development. Read More >
The Education of Girls in the Developing World
NEW YORK, NY, USA, 29 September 2006 -  Remarks by Dr. Paula Dobriansky, United States Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs at UN headquarters in New York City, 25 September 2006. Read More >
Statement by Danish Minister Ulla Tørnæs on WB World Development Report 2007
Presentation of the World Bank’s World Development Report 2007: Development and the Next Generation, 26 September 2006, opening speech by Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, Ms. Ulla Tørnæs. Read More >
NoVo Foundation awards $15 million to IRC for West Africa education programs
NEW YORK, USA, 22 September 2006 - The International Rescue Committee received the largest private donation in its history after the NoVo Foundation pledged $15 million over six years to support IRC’s work with children and youth in West Africa. Read More >
Speech by First Lady of the United States at the Global Literacy Conference in New York
Speech by First Lady of the United States at the Global Literacy Conference in New York
20 September 2006 - Transcript of speech by Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States, at the Global Literacy Conference in New York on Monday 18 September. Read More >
DFID: New partnership and funding boost for UNICEF
5 September 2006 - Helping to save the lives of children, sending more boys and girls to school and improving their protection and rights received a boost today with the launch of a new partnership between the UK, Sweden and Canada to support the work of UNICEF. Read More >
Girl Power: girls' education, sexual behaviour and AIDS in Africa
28 August 2006 - Girls educated to secondary and tertiary levels are more likely to wait before having sex, are much more likely to use condoms when they do have sex, and are therefore at much less risk of contracting HIV, according to a new report released on 15 August. Read More >
World Bank: Countries urged to empower women, reduce stigma, to fight HIV
18 August 2006—More than two decades ago, when the AIDS epidemic was still in its infancy, those battling the disease in Africa made a serious miscalculation. Read More >
UNICEF alarmed as attacks on Afghan schools rise
KABUL/GENEVA, 4 August 2006 – UNICEF warned today that schools in Afghanistan are the targets of increasingly dramatic attacks, noting that reported incidents have spread from the south and southeastern region to all of the provinces and include 11 explosions, 50 school burnings and 37 threats against schools and communities.  Read More >
UNGEI Vacancy - Job Announcement
UNGEI Vacancy - Job Announcement
NEW YORK, NY, 28 July 2006 - The United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) is currently seeking applicants to fulfil the role of Senior Project Officer, Head of UNGEI Secretariat, Education Section, Programme Division. 
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Statement by Ms. Rima Salah at the 7th EFA Working Group meeting
Statement by UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah at the opening of the 7th EFA Working Group meeting at UNESCO, Paris, 19 July 2006. Read More >
DFID's White Paper: Making governance work for the poor
24 July 2006 - On Thursday 13 July DFID launched its new White Paper on International Development, 'eliminating world poverty: making governance work for the poor'. Read More >
G8 Education Ministers vow to ensure equitable access to education
12 July 2006 (UNESCO) - Following a two-day meeting in Moscow last week, the G8 education ministers have issued a joint statement outlining their objectives and plans of action.  Read More >
Turning talk into action: G8 Gleneagles one year on
11 July 2006 - A year ago, world leaders at the G8 summit in Gleneagles signed up to an unparalleled set of commitments on global poverty. Read More >
Tony Blair: We Are Making Poverty History
From the Daily Mirror online, Tuesday, June 27, 2006 - I was pleased to see the Mirror yesterday hailing the Gleneagles agreements on Africa as historic. Read More >
World’s Children to be Given Voice at G8 Summit
For the first time in the history of the G8 Summit, children will get the chance to share their views directly with G8 leaders and influence the outcome of their deliberations. Read More >
GCE: 'Broken Promises' on the 30th Anniversary of the Day of the African Child
16 June 2006 - In Africa today over 40 million children are living with the consequences of broken promises - the promise of being able to go to school. Two thirds of all children in Africa will not complete five years of education. Read More >
News note: G-8 Ministerial Meeting on Education, Moscow, 1-2 June
12 June 2006 - The G8 Ministers of Education met in Moscow on 1-2 June 2006 to confirm their commitment to cooperation in education at all levels in the 21st century. Read More >
CARE condemns shortcomings in the fight against AIDS
NEW YORK, NY, USA, 31 May 2006 -- In testimony before the United Nations General Assembly today, CARE International cited failures in the international community’s response to AIDS and called for bolder actions by governments, donors and non-governmental organizations Read More >
Voices of Courage Awards Luncheon 2006
NEW YORK, NY, USA, 10 May 2006 - The Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children is honoring education advocates from Sierra Leone and Afghanistan at its 2006 Voices of Courage Awards luncheon on May 11 in New York City. Other awardees include an international network that promotes education in emergencies and Microsoft for its work providing technology to women in developing countries. Caroline Kennedy will be presenting the awards; Leslie Stahl is the luncheon’s host. Read More >
DFID: £7.5 million boost for school links
UK, 11 April 2006 - Hilary Benn, International Development Secretary, today announced a boost for DFID’s Global School Partnerships (GSP) Programme, more than doubling funding to £7.5 million over three years. The programme funds teacher exchanges to increase engagement by UK schools with teachers and students across the developing world and raise awareness of development issues. Read More >
WFP: Involving men in creating a level playing field for women
ROME, Italy, 7 March 2006 – The United Nations World Food Programme has chosen the theme of “Partnering with Men to Achieve Gender Equality” for this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD)*, to stress the importance of the two sexes working together to improve women’s lives around the world.   While ensuring that women are prioritized in WFP’s food aid operations, the agency today highlights the value of involving men in the struggle to achieve lasting equality. Read More >
CAMFED: Marking International Women’s Day
CAMFED: Marking International Women’s Day
8 March 2006 - Statement by Ann Cotton, CAMFED Founder & Executive Director Read More >
UNICEF: Despite progress, women still subjected to widespread violence and discrimination
WASHINGTON, D.C., 8 March 2006 -- Despite great progress for women in the past several decades, women throughout the world are still subjected to discrimination, violence and exploitation, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said today. Read More >
Speech by the Danish Minister for Development Cooperation at EFA Conference
5 February 2006 - Speech by Ulla Tørnæs, Minister for Development Cooperation in Denmark, at the Education for All Conference 25 January 2006 in Eigtveds Pakhus, Copenhagen. Read More >
UNICEF: World not doing nearly enough to protect children affected by AIDS
LONDON, 9 February 2006 - The global response to children affected by HIV and AIDS does not come close to matching the enormity of their rapidly expanding plight. Read More >
CAMFED to Chair UN Initiative for Girls’ Education
January 2006, from - CAMFED’s vital work to improve educational opportunities for girls in some of the world’s poorest countries has received international recognition with an invitation to co-chair the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) in 2006. Read More >
Clock strikes midnight on promise by governments
GENEVA / BEIJING, 25 November 2005 – Forty-six countries have fallen short of the target of getting as many girls as boys into school by 2005, UNICEF said today, launching a report illustrating progress and challenges toward achieving gender equity in education. Read More >
UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy on Beijing+10
Ten years ago, at the time of the Beijing Conference on Women, I had just begun my job as Executive Director of UNICEF. Now, as we commemorate Beijing Plus 10, I am only a few months away from leaving UNICEF. So I have come full circle – I started with Beijing, last week I actually was in Beijing, and I am talking about Beijing today. Read More >
Leading international experts offer an action plan for accelerating progress on achieving gender parity in education target
With the international community’s failure to meet the first Millennium Development Goal target in 2005 for equal participation in education for girls and boys, leading international experts from a broad sector of civil society and multilateral organizations warned that unless bold actions are taken by countries, reaching the 2015 goal of universal primary education may be dangerously at risk. Read More >
Despite gains in girls' education worldwide, far too many still missing out
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 18 April 2005 – More children than ever are going to school, in part because more girls are going to school: That’s the good news from UNICEF’s latest Progress for Children report, focusing on gender parity in primary school attendance. Read More >


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