UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launches UN’s Education First Initiative

On September 26, 2012, in the margins of the 67th session of the U.N.  General Assembly, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon officially launched U.N.’s Education First initiative. The U.N. Secretary-General secured over US$1.5 billion in commitments for this initiative. The main objective is to make education a top priority of the global political agenda and to boost progress towards the Millennium Development Goal on education. This initiative also places the promotion of Global Citizenship as one of its top three priorities. Fostering Global Citizenship implies “transforming the way people think and act;” giving Education a “central role in helping people to forge more just, peaceful, tolerant and inclusive societies;” and providing people with “the understanding, skills and values they need to cooperate in resolving the interconnected challenges of the 21st Century.”

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