21 October 2021, Palm Springs – The United Nations Association of the Coachella Valley is delighted to invite you to our next in a series of speaker events in celebration of the 2021 United Nations Day “A Conversation with Director Yasmine Sherif, Education Cannot Wait” on Thursday, October 21 from 5:30-6:45 PM (PT).

Join us a virtual conversation with Yasmine Sherif, the Director of Education Cannot Wait, a global fund for the the delivery of education in emergencies and protracted humanitarian crises. Education Cannot Wait is a new initiative working to transform the delivery of education in emergencies, one that links governments, humanitarian actors and development efforts to deliver a more collaborative and rapid response to the educational needs of children and youth affected by crises.

Over 128 million children and youth are in desperate need of educational support, in danger of, or already missing out on their education. The right to education is most at risk during humanitarian crises, the time when it is needed the most. The Fund aims to accelerate global efforts to reach all the crisis-affected children and youth by 2030.

Yasmine Sherif is a human rights lawyer with 30 years of experience with the United Nations system and civil society. She has served in crisis-affected countries in Africa, Asia, the Balkans and the Middle East. Yasmine has also served at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and Geneva.

She is currently based in New York where UNICEF is hosting the Education Cannot Wait Secretariat. Yasmine has also worked as an Adjunct Professor at Long Island University. She is the author of the book “The Case for Humanity: An Extraordinary Session,” launched at the United Nations in 2015. In 2017, she received the prestigious annual award “Sweden’s UN Friend of the Year” and in 2020 she was awarded the Global Educator Award in the United States.

Yasmine Sherif will highlight the critical role of the United Nations, the only forum bringing the world’s nations together in addressing global challenges and fostering global cooperation, human rights, multilateralism, as well as the background and work of Education Cannot Wait.

Please join us for this exciting opportunity to virtually meet Yasmine Sherif as we observe United Nations Day on the 76th anniversary of the United Nations!

Following Yasmine Sherif’s presentation, stay on the Zoom for a 30-minute Q&A session.


About UNA Coachella Valley

The United Nations Association Coachella Valley is one of 200 local chapters of UNA-USA. Our mission is to bring awareness and advocacy to issues that are both global in nature and regional issues that impact local communities throughout the United States. Local UNA’s bring attention to issues such as; Environmental Justice, HIV/AIDS, Social Justice, Food Security, and protecting and expanding rights of our Indigenous people, just to name a few.


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