World Leaders Gather in Norway for Global Education Development

The Norwegian Government is hosting a global summit on Education for Development on 6–7 July 2015. The Summit aims at mobilizing strong and renewed political commitment to reach the 58 million children who are still being denied their right to education, and to improve learning outcomes for those who attend school. The Oslo Summit is being organised by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown. The side event on 6 July is jointly organized by civil society and telecom industries.

Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Foreign Minister Børge Brende opens high-level conference with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. HRH Crown Prince Haakon will attend the opening.

– For the first time heads of state and ministers, heads of a number of UN agencies, civil society, international organizations and the private sector come together to make a concerted effort for  education. Over 120 million children and adolescents do not attend school. They risk becoming a lost generation if we do not ensure increased resources for education and salaries of teachers, protecting schoolchildren in war, including children with disabilities, and get more girls to complete an education, said Foreign Minister Børge Brende.

Around 400 key players will be gathered for the conference. Among the participants are the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, prime ministers of Haiti, Niger and Pakistan, foreign ministers from Niger and Palestine, and education ministers.

– By collecting these players, we want to contribute to increasing resource mobilization for the MDGs and the new sustainability goals for education and quality of schooling. Our goal is that education conference will provide an increased global efforts to ensure the right to education for all. With all these decision-makers and advocates gathered in Oslo next week, I believe we have all the prerequisites for success in this area, said the Foreign Minister.

The Summit aims at mobilizing strong and renewed political commitment to reach the 58 million children who are still being denied their right to education, and to improve learning outcomes for those who attend school. The Summit has been initiated to help reverse the negative trend in international support for education and to contribute to enhanced domestic resource mobilisation. Innovative partnerships and results-oriented, well-coordinated development aid are crucial as we approach the deadline for the Millenium Development Goals and the adoption of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. 

 

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