Delegation of the European Union to the
UN and other international organisations in Geneva

Upcoming event: HRC 33 - Education: Reaching the furthest behind first

01/09/2016 - 10:35
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The EU Delegation to the United Nations Office in Geneva, the Permanent Mission of Slovakia and Save the Children cordially invite you to a side event to the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council: Education - Reaching the furthest behind first on Friday, 16 September 2016 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Room XXIV - Palais des Nations.


The world is facing an education and learning crisis, as currently 124 million children are out-of-school, another 120 million drop out before they reach third grade. More than one in three children are not learning even if they are in school, as they still lack basic literacy and numeracy skills. Children are excluded from learning because of who they are or where they live.

Political will is needed more than ever to turn the education commitments in the 2030 Agenda and UN CRC into a reality for the most deprived children, to get them into school and learning.

This side event aims at galvanizing political will and attention on addressing the education crisis for the most deprived children, through making the link between the 2030 Agenda and children’s rights. It will also try identify how the Human Rights Council could further support the right to education for children left behind in its discussions on the 2030 Agenda, notably the annual full-day discussion on the rights of the child that will take place in March 2017.


Stavros Lambrinidis, European Union Special Representative for Human Rights

Opening statement and moderation:

Fedor Rosocha, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Slovakia


Benyam Dawit Mezmur, Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

Peter Guran, Slovak Member, UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

David Atchoarena, Director of the Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems, UNESCO

Gugulethu Ndebele, CEO, Save the Children South Africa

Children’s groups supported by Save the Children will engage via a video message to ask questions to the panelists during the Q&A session.

A light lunch will be served prior to the event starting from 12.45.​


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