“LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND”

ACCELERATING THE SDGS THROUGH QUALITY EDUCATION

Two New Initiatives

Date/Time: 25 September 2019, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

LocationDanny Kaye Room, UNICEF House, NY

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Event Overview

In 2015, as part of the Sustainable Development Goals, the global community made a promise to reach all children with inclusive, equitable, and quality education by 2030 (SDG 4).

Yet, as we near the 10-year countdown to achieve these goals, we are far from reaching them. Much-needed funding for education has been waning. On current trends, 225 million young people will not be in school by 2030, depriving them of the necessary basic skills to access the labor market, combat poverty, improve their health and well-being, or build more stable, secure, and peaceful communities.

On the occasion of the 74th United Nations General Assembly and the first Sustainable Development Goal Summit, the international community will have the opportunity to move one step closer to achieving SDG 4 by supporting two of the most recent mechanisms for funding education globally: the Education Cannot Wait (ECW) fund and the International Finance Facility for Education (IFFEd).

About the Event

The “Leave No One Behind: Accelerating the SDGs through Quality Education – Two New Initiatives” event – co-hosted by Education Cannot Wait and the Education Commission – will bring together youth advocates and celebrity champions to encourage representatives of Member States, UN agencies, multilateral organizations, civil society organizations, and the private sector to pledge support for ECW as it accelerates its work to reach those furthest left behind in crises with quality education. This event will also call on participants to support IFFEd’s establishment to specifically address the education needs of millions of children in lower-middle-income countries with innovative financing solutions. The event is produced with the support of Global Citizen.

SPEAKERS

Henrietta H. Fore

Henrietta H. Fore

Executive Director of UNICEF

Henrietta H. Fore became UNICEF’s seventh Executive Director on 1 January 2018. She has worked to champion economic development, education, health, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in a public service, private sector and non-profit leadership career that spans more than four decades. Full bio.

RT Hon Gordon Brown

RT Hon Gordon Brown

United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

RT Hon Gordon Brown is the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2007 to 2010 and is widely credited with preventing a second Great Depression through his stewardship of the 2009 London G20 summit. Full bio.

Yasmine Sherif

Yasmine Sherif

Director of Education Cannot Wait (ECW)

Yasmine Sherif is the Director of Education Cannot Wait (ECW) – a global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crisis established by the World Humanitarian Summit. A lawyer specialized in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law (LL.M), she has 30 years of experience with the United Nations (UNHCR, UNDP, OCHA) and international NGOs, starting her international career in 1988.  Full bio.

Alice P. Albright

Alice P. Albright

Chief Executive Officer of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE)

Alice P. Albright was appointed as the first Chief Executive Officer of the Global Partnership for Education’s Secretariat in February 2013. Since joining GPE, Ms. Albright has strengthened the position of GPE to be a major delivery agency of the Sustainable Development Goals agenda. Full bio.

Stefania Giannini

Stefania Giannini

UNESCO's Assistant Director-General for Education

Stefania Giannini was appointed Assistant Director-General for Education in May 2018, becoming the top United Nations official in the field of education. In this position, she provides strategic vision and leadership for UNESCO’s Education Sector in coordinating and monitoring the implementation of the Education 2030 Agenda, encapsulated in Sustainable Development Goal 4. Full bio.

Jan Egeland

Jan Egeland

Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council

Jan Egeland has been the Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council since August 2013, a role which oversees the work of the humanitarian organisation in 32 countries affected by conflict and disaster. Full bio.

Kelly T. Clements

Kelly T. Clements

UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees

Kelly T. Clements joined UNHCR as Deputy High Commissioner on 6 July 2015. Clements has been closely involved with refugee and displacement issues throughout her three decade career. Full bio.

Matthew Rycroft

Matthew Rycroft

Permanent Secretary of the UK's Department for International Development

Matthew Rycroft has been the Permanent Secretary at the Department for International Development since 22 January 2018.
Matthew was previously the British Permanent Representative to the United Nations from April 2015 to January 2018. Full bio.

Peter Tabichi

Peter Tabichi

Winner of the Global Teacher Prize 2019 and Education Cannot Wait’s Champion for Children in Conflicts and Crises.

Peter Tabichi is Education Cannot Wait’s Champion for Children in Conflicts and Crises. He is a science teacher whose dedication, hard work and passionate belief in his student’s talent has led his poorly-resourced school in remote rural Kenya to emerge victorious after taking on the country’s best schools in national science competitions. Full bio. 

Mohammad Mirwais Balkhi

Mohammad Mirwais Balkhi

Minister of Education, Afghanistan

Dr. Mohammad Mirwais Balkh joined Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in May 2013 and served as the head of Africa and Middle East Desk in the Center for Strategic Studies (CSS) and as the Chief Editor of the CSS’ Quarterly Journal of Strategic Studies. 

Christos Stylianides

Christos Stylianides

European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management

Christos Stylianides is a Cypriot politician who is the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management since November 1, 2014. On October 24th, 2014 he was appointed as the European Union’s Ebola Coordinator by the European Council. 

Dag-Inge Ulstein

Dag-Inge Ulstein

Norwegian Minister of International Development

Dag-Inge Ulstein is a Norwegian politician, and was appointed Minister of International Development in Prime Minister Solberg’s cabinet in January 2019. Mr Ulstein is deeply committed to the work to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), international solidarity and justice.
Christine Schneeberger

Christine Schneeberger

Minister (Head of Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Affairs) at Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations

Christine Schneeberger is the Minister for Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Affairs at the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations. Prior to her role as Minister, Schneeberger served as Deputy Head, Equal Opportunities and Global Women’s Issues, at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs from 2011 to 2015.

Kitty van der Heijden

Kitty van der Heijden

Director-General International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands

Kitty van der Heijden assumed the position of Director-General of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands, in August 2019.

Prior to this, Van der Heijden had been working at the World Resources Institute since 2014. In her previous position as Vice-President, Director Africa and Europe, she led the work on both continents, based in Ethiopia.

Jaime Saavedra

Jaime Saavedra

Global Director For Education, World Bank

Dag-Inge Ulstein is a Norwegian politician, and was appointed Minister of International Development in Prime Minister Solberg’s cabinet in January 2019. Mr Ulstein is deeply committed to the work to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), international solidarity and justice.
Dr. Rajiv J. Shah

Dr. Rajiv J. Shah

President, Rockefeller Foundation

Dr Shah was appointed as President of the Rockefeller Foundation in January 2017, bringing over 20 years of experience in business and philanthropy to the role.

Appointed by President Obama in 2009, Dr Shah served as the 16th Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, from 2010 to 2015.

Woochong Um

Woochong Um

Director General, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank

Mr. Um leads Asian Development Bank-wide knowledge management and innovation in various thematic and sector operation areas. He is responsible for developing sector and thematic policies, strategies, frameworks and operational plans, encouraging vibrant sector and thematic communities of practice, and developing new business ideas.

Jose Manuel Barroso

Jose Manuel Barroso

Chairman and Non-Executive Director, Goldman Sachs International

José Manuel is chairman and non-executive director of Goldman Sachs International and a Senior Advisor to Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs.

Fitsum Arega

Fitsum Arega

Ambassador of Ethiopia to the United States

Fitsum Arega is an Ethiopian diplomat who is the current Ethiopian Ambassador to the United States. He was the Director General of the Ethiopian Investment Commission and the Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia.

Carlos dos Santos

Carlos dos Santos

Ambassador of Mozambique to the United States

Carlos Dos Santos commenced his role as Mozambique’s ambassador to the United States on January 28, 2016. It’s the fourth such posting for Dos Santos, a career member of his country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

Sofia Fernandez de Mesa Echeverria

Sofia Fernandez de Mesa Echeverria

Director of International Affairs, ProFuturo Foundation and Telefonica Foundation

Sofia Fernandez de Mesa Echeverria is currently the Director of International Affairs at ProFuturo Foundation and Telefonica Foundation. Prior to this, she held the position of Managing Director at ProFuturo.

Rasmus Prehn

Rasmus Prehn

Danish Minister for Development Cooperation

Rasmus Prehn has been a Member of the Danish Parliament since 2005, and was appointed to his current position as Minister for Development Cooperation in June 2019.

 From 2006, he served as the Science and Research Mayor, and from 2011 was the Transport Mayor. Prior to entering Parliament, Prehn has previously been a high school social sciences teacher.

HE Mr. Mahboub M Maalim

HE Mr. Mahboub M Maalim

Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Authority on Development

Mr Mahboub M. Maalim is a Kenyan diplomat, and currently serves as the Executive Secretary for the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). In this role he has led the launch of the IGAD Drought Resilience and Sustainability Initiative, and oversaw the IGAD Mediation process for South Sudan that culminated with the signing of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS) in August 2015.

Maria Flachsbarth

Maria Flachsbarth

Member of the German Bundestag

Dr Flachsbarth has been a Member of the German Parliament since 2002, and has served in her role as Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, since March 2018.

Bonnie Glick

Bonnie Glick

Deputy Administrator of the US Agency for International Development

Bonnie Glick serves as Deputy Administrator of the US Agency for International Development. Ms. Glick was most recently the Deputy Secretary of the Maryland State Department of Aging, where she was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan.

The Hon. Mr. Ciarán Cannon T.D.

The Hon. Mr. Ciarán Cannon T.D.

Minister for the Diaspora & International Development, Ireland

Ciarán Cannon is Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with special responsibility for the Diaspora and International Development. He is a TD representing Galway East. Ciarán is formerly the Minister for Training & Skills at the Department of Education & Skills. He was first elected to Dáil Eireann in February 2011.

John Goodwin

John Goodwin

Chief Executive Officer, The LEGO Foundation

In April 2017, John Goodwin joined the LEGO Foundation as Chief Executive Officer. The LEGO Foundation is on a mission to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow. The Foundation wants to build a future in which learning through play empowers children to become creative, engaged, life-long learners.

HE Jakaya Kikwete

HE Jakaya Kikwete

Former President of Tanzania<br />

His Excellency President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete was first elected to the Fourth President of the United Republic of Tanzania on 14 December 2005, and in 2010 he was re-elected for the second term. In his more than 30 years of public service, President Kikwete served in different party, military and government positions.

The Hon. Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta

The Hon. Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta

Minister of Finance, Ghana

Hon Ken Ofori-Atta, assumed office as Ghana’s Finance Minister on January 27, 2017. He brings to the Ministry over 30 years’ experience in Ghanaian and international financial sector.

Monowar Ahmed,

Monowar Ahmed,

Vice Minister, Economic Relations Division, Ministry of Finance, Bangladesh

Mr. Monowar Ahmed was promoted to Secretary to the Government and posted to the Economic Relations Division (ERD), Ministry of Finance on 26 May 2019. Earlier he was Secretary in-charge of ERD from 25 October 2018.

Master of Ceremonies

Zain Asher

Zain Asher

News Anchor at CNN International

Special Guests

Will Smith

Will Smith

Globally renowned actor and high-profile advocate for education

French Montana

French Montana

Singer/artist and Global Citizen Ambassador

Grover

Grover

Sesame Street character

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