Education events at the 2017 UN General Assembly

Education features prominently in the UNGA agenda this year, with a high-level session on September 20 headed by the UN Secretary-General

UN General Assembly 2016, New York City. Credit: GPE/ Ludovica Pellicioli

UN General Assembly 2016, New York City

CREDIT: GPE/ Ludovica Pellicioli

The 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) takes place in New York City next week. We’ve put together a list of some of the key education-related events during the very busy week (GPE events are in orange). Last year, the Education Commission launched its report “The Learning Generation” at UNGA, and this year, another high-level education event will take center stage on September 20. Both GPE Board Chair Julia Gillard and GPE CEO Alice Albright will be in New York.

Monday, September 18

2:00 – 4:00 pm                  Early Childhood Development – Global partnership roundtable
Organized by UNICEF

2:00 – 4:30 pm                  Global ecosystem for education: Strengthening local capacity and learning across borders to achieve SDG 4
Hosted by Asia Society
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5:00 – 6:30 pm                  What global education can learn from public health: Strengthening a global ecosystem to achieve quality education for all
Hosted by Asia Society
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Tuesday, September 19

8:00 – 10:00                        From intention to reality: Generating and using evidence to transform education in emergencies 
Hosted by Porticus, the International Rescue Committee and NYU

3:30 – 5:00 pm                  Developing a shared compact with philanthropy for SDG 4
GPE hosts a high-level event with leaders of philanthropic foundations to discuss how to bring together shared experiences, skills and resources to scale up equitable, quality education for all.

4.30 – 6.30 pm                  The role of innovation in reading the Education Commission’s goals. Report launch and reception
Hosted by the Center for Universal Education of the Brookings Institution
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6:30 – 8:00 pm                  GPE Reception: Education will shape the future
GPE hosts partners to celebrate its replenishment campaign for 2020. By invitation only

Wednesday, September 20

10:30 am - 1:00 pm         Financing the future: Education 2030
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One of the main sessions at this year’s UNGA, attended by UN Secretariat-General Antonio Guterres and several Heads of State, this session will address the alarming education crisis the world is facing and seek commitments from both developed and developing countries to step up financing to education and give the more than 260 million children and youth a chance at an education. The session is co-hosted by France, Norway, Malawi and Senegal, and co-organized by the Education Commission, GPE, The Malala Fund, ONE, UNICEF and UNESCO. Presidents Macron of France, Sall of Senegal and Mutharika of Malawi, and Prime Minister Solberg of Norway have confirmed their attendance.

1.30 – 4.00 pm                  Sustainably financing education
co-hosted by the global Campaeign for Education , Education International
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3.00 – 5.00 pm                  Empowering girls through education (book launch)
Hosted by the Center for Universal Education of the Brookings Institution
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Thursday, September 21

11.00 am – 12.30 pm      Investing in the early years: a roadmap for sustainable futures
Hosted by Every Woman Every Child
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Friday, September 22

9:30 am – 1:00 pm      Promising practices in refugee education
Hosted by Save the Children, UNHCR and Pearson
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Saturday, September 23

2.00 – 9.00 pm                  Global Citizen Festival in Central Park. This year’s line-up features Stevie Wonder, Green Day, the Killers, the Lumineers, the Chainsmokers and more.
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