9 September 2020, New York – Education Cannot Wait released today the line-up of eminent speakers from around the world who will participate in ‘The Future of Education is Here for Those Left Furthest Behind’, a virtual, high-level side event to the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Please click here to quickly and easily register for this high-level event: Register Now

Confirmed speakers include:
The Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education
Baroness Liz Sugg, UK Minister for Foreign and Development Affairs and Special Envoy for Girls’ Education
H.E. Dr. Getahun Mekuriya, Minister of Education, Ethiopia
H.E. Mr. Stanislas Ouaro, Minister of Education and Literacy, Burkina Faso
The Hon. Abdullahi Godah Barre, Minister of Education, Culture and Higher Education, Federal Republic of Somalia
H.E. Mrs. Maria Victoria Angulo, Minister for Education, Colombia
Dag-Inge Ulstein, Minister for International Development, Norway
Dr. Maria Flachsbarth, German Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development
Ms. Carol O’Connell, Acting Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of State
Henrietta H. Fore
, UNICEF Executive Director
Kevin Watkins, Chief Executive, Save the Children UK
EU Commissioners Jutta Urpilainen and Janez Lenarčič
The Hon. Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, Canada
Miranda Ndolo, Theirworld Youth Advocate, Cameroon
Jaime Saavedra, Global Education Director, World Bank
David Beasley, WFP Executive Director
Ibrahim Jalal, Youth Advocates with Disabilities from Uganda
Sarah Mardini, Syrian Youth Advocate
Rachel Brosnahan, Actress and Education Champion
Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO
Delphine O, Secretary-General Generation Equality Forum
Sarah Brown
, Chair, Theirworld & Global Business Coalition for Education
John Goodwin, Chief Executive Officer, The LEGO Foundation
H.E. Dr. Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Cares
Julie Cram, USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator
Yasmine Sherif, Director, Education Cannot Wait
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, Canada, the Ministry of Development Cooperation for Norway, the Ministry of Education of Ethiopia and the Ministry of Education of Burkina Faso.

Event details:

Date: Thursday, 17 September from 9:00-10:30 am, EST

Venue: Virtual side event to the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Registration: Open to the general public. Register Now

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.

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