Education Above All foundation (EAA), attended the annual High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) for Sustainable Development from 9-18 July at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, issuing a joint statement calling for the global community to renew its commitments to provide all children and youth with the universal right to education.
The joint statement, which was delivered at the co-hosted July 10 HLPF side event, 'Protecting Youth and the Right to Education to 'leave no one behind': SDGs 4, 8, 10, 16 and 17', called for accelerated efforts to build an alliance amongst States, international organizations and NGOs to protect and priorities the right to education for all children. The call is not only for the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, but also for the entire 2030 Agenda.
The event brought together Education Above All foundation (EAA), Mission of Qatar, Permanent Missions of Argentina, State of Qatar, Singapore and Uruguay, UNESCO and Qatar Fund for Development to review the progress of meeting SDG 4 together with SDGs 8, 10, 13, 16 and 17 and address the complexity of the challenges facing the future of education through empowerment and partnership.
Head of Global Advocacy at EAA, HE Mubarak Al-Thani said, "Despite long term efforts and dedication, the global community has fallen short on meeting its commitments and out of school children are often discounted as the hardest to reach--in many ways they have become invisible.
"At EAA, we believe education is the single most effective means of reducing poverty, generating economic growth and creating peaceful, just societies. With only ten years remaining to secure the fundamental right to education in insecurity and conflict at the global level, the Forum is a call for an international collective commitment to meet the 2030 SDG agenda." he added.
"We come to this Forum with a message of utmost urgency: leadership, political will and financing are required to get SDG4 back on track," said, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education, Stefania Giannini "Education is transformational across the 2030 Agenda on condition that we invest in policies that leave no one behind. This is the focus of our longstanding and strategic partnership with Education Above All, and of the "Education Transforms Lives" exhibition, which opened at UN Headquarters this week." she added.
"Education is placed at the forefront of QFFD's strategy. This is stemming from our belief that inclusive education is a powerful tool for addressing the impact of conflict on children and youth and for supporting countries to build more stable and peaceful societies," added QFFD's Deputy Director General for Planning, Ali Abdulla Al Dabbagh.
"This is also clearly epitomised in our vision to promote peace and justice through sustainable and inclusive development. Education serves as an engine for economic growth, poverty eradication, gender equality and conflict prevention" he added.
This year, EAA has also partnered with UNESCO and the Group of Friends for Education and Lifelong Learning, Permanent Mission of Qatar to the United Nations, and EAA's strategic partner Qatar Fund for Development to present an interactive exhibition on the transformative power of education across the world.(QNA)
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