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Media Advisory: Malala Day

©A World at School/2013
Education activist Malala Yousafzai will mark her 16th birthday, on Friday, 12 July 2013, by giving her first high-level public appearance and statement on the importance of education, at the United Nations.

Malala became a public figure when she was shot by the Taliban while travelling to school last year in Pakistan -- targeted because of her committed campaigning for the right of all girls to an education. Flown to the United Kingdom to recover, she is now back at school and continues to advocate for every child’s right to education.

In support of the UN Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative (GEFI), on 12 July – declared as “Malala Day” -- the President of the UN General Assembly and the UN Special Envoy for Global Education with the support of A World at School initiative are organizing the UN Youth Assembly, where more than 500 young leaders from around the world will convene to accelerate the goal of getting all children, especially girls, in school and learning by 2015.

Malala Yousafzai
Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General
Vuk Jeremic, President of the UN General Assembly
Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education
Ahmad Alhendawi, UN Envoy on Youth
Youth Advocacy Group of GEFI

Friday, 12 July 2013
UN Youth Assembly: 9:30am – 11:30am
GEFI Youth Fair: 12:30 – 4:30pm
Closing Ceremony: 4:45 – 5:30pm 

Trusteeship Council at UN Headquarters in New York
Please note a limited number of seats will be available for media, contact
The UN Youth Assembly will be webcast live on UN Web TV:
For more information about Malala Day, visit:


Media Contacts

For queries about Malala Yousafzai:

For queries about Gordon Brown:
Charlie King,, +447780119567

A World at School:
Gretel Truong,, +1-212 993-1122

Global Education First Initiative:
Shimali Senanayake,, +1-917 265 4516

Youth Advocacy Group:
Daria Ng,, +1-917-265-4556

UN Department of Public Information:
Wynne Boelt,, +1 212-963-8264

For media access, UN Media Accreditation & Liaison Unit:, +1-212-963-6934 or +1-212-963-6937

Television live coverage / feeds:, +1-212-963-9399/ +1-212-963-7650

Radio live coverage / feeds:
+1-212-963-7656 or +1-212-963-3349


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