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Education events at UNGA 2019


Many education-related events will take place during the 74th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City next week. Here is a short list of the key ones.


As has been the case in previous UN General Assembly meetings, the urgent need to meet SDG 4 on education will be a focus at several events in New York next week. GPE is hosting two high-level events and will participate in many more through our Chief Executive Officer Alice Albright, our Chief Technical Officer Jo Bourne, and others.


The list below is not exhaustive, so please check on the UNGA guide for more details.


Monday, September 23

Ending learning poverty: What will it take to end the learning crisis and achieve SDG 4?

11:00 am - 12:00 pm - Grand Hyatt Hotel - Hosted by the World Bank

According to the latest research by the World Bank, only half of children in low- and middle-income countries can read and understand a short story by late primary age. Accelerating SDG 4 is as important as accelerating other development objectives. This event will explore actions needed to end the learning poverty.


Global launch of the Education Workforce Report

5:15 - 6:30 pm - Cornell Club - Hosted by the Education Commission

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The Education Commission will launch its new Education Workforce Report. The report introduces new approaches to rethink how we design, train and develop the education workforce in order to deliver quality education. A networking reception will follow the launch.


Tuesday, September 24

Education as the Great Equalizer

12:00 - 4:00 pm - Scandinavia House - Hosted by Oxfam and the Global Campaign for Education-US

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Oxfam teams up with the Global Campaign for Education-US to organize a high-level conference that will touch on education as a key to fighting inequality in individuals’ income and wealth. Speakers will break down all elements of inequality, particularly gender, and emphasize how education can serve as an equalizer within society. During the event, Oxfam will launch a new report called “the Power of Education to Fight Inequality.”


GPE event: Education Data Solutions Roundtable technical meeting

3:00 - 5:30 pm

Launched at the GPE Financing Conference in February 2018, the Education Data Solutions Roundtable is a public-private effort that aims to leverage local, private, and development partners’ expertise to improve the availability and use of education data in developing countries. The members of the roundtable will meet to review the final outcomes report with recommendations that aim to address the key data challenges in education.


GPE Reception - Innovating for education: Accelerating progress towards SDG 4

6:00 - 8:30 pm - UNICEF House

The reception will gather high-level speakers, including GPE leadership, in order to highlight the importance and impact of fostering innovation in the education sector to deliver results for SDG 4. GPE will showcase its efforts in harnessing innovation to improve education for millions of children through its latest initiatives: the Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX), Education Out Loud and the Education Data Solutions Roundtable.


Wednesday, September 25

Leave no one behind: Accelerating the SDGs through quality education

10:00 am - 12:00 pm - UNICEF House - Hosted by Education Cannot Wait and the Education Commission

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To emphasize the power of quality education, Education Cannot Wait and the Education Commission partner with Global Citizen in convening youth advocates, celebrity champions, world leaders, policy makers, and stakeholders from the private sector for a discussion. The goal is to accumulate support for education in conflict settings as well as innovative financing solutions for lower- and middle-income countries.


The futures of education: Learning to become

1:15 - 2:45 pm - UN Headquarters - Hosted by UNESCO and Portugal

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UNESCO will launch its new “Futures of Education” project and establish a high-level International Commission. The commission will be responsible for a 2021 report, which consists of an agenda for policy debate and action. Additionally, Portugal will co-organize a side event that provides an opportunity for Heads of State and Government to share perspectives on education and learning.