April 19, 2013

Photo: Gordon Brown

In support of the UN Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative, delivering quality education and learning for all children and youth by the 2015 goal was the focus of a series of events in Washington, DC the week of the IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings. While much progress had been made, much more needed to be done to make Education for All a reality.

NYU Washington, DC was happy to host two events at the Abramson Family Auditorium on April 17, 2013: the Youth Global Video Conference and The 1,000-Day Countdown - Delivering to Meet the 2015 Goals. These events were held with the support of Gordon Brown, the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education and NYU’s first Distinguished Global Leader-in-Residence.

Photo: Office of Gordon and Sarah Brown

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Photo: Children Reading

The week brought together the ministers of education and finance from some of the countries with the highest burden of out-of-school children and also convene civil society, NGOs, youth and international institutions to agree to accelerate progress toward in the final sprint to 2015. The high-level culminating event was the Learning for All Ministerial meeting held at the World Bank, co-hosted by President Kim, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown. Background notes for these meetings were prepared through a country-based consultation process engaging government, civil society and international institutions.

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Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown is the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education and Member of Parliament for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath.

Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown’s work brings together the worlds of business, philanthropy, social media and charity campaigning.