UNESCO chief underscores importance of inclusive, quality education to drive sustainable progress



Dubai / WAM

UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, gave a keynote address at the 5th World Government Summit (WGS) held in Dubai, where she underscored the importance of inclusive, quality education and new forms of international cooperation to drive progress across the Sustainable Development Goals.
The event took place on Monday in the presence of Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and President Jim Yong Kim of the World Bank.
“We know too well that political arrangements are not enough to secure the sincere and lasting support of the peoples – and to foster effective change,” said the Director-General highlighting the importance of multilateralism and international cooperation.
“I believe we need a new focus on empowerment and capacities, building resilient societies, able to adapt to the unexpected, plan ahead and recover from crisis,” said Irina Bokova calling for more investment in quality education, in skills and knowledge.
“This is why the 2030 Agenda is such a shift,” declared the Director-General. “Because it is founded on education, on skills, to empower every man and women, especially girls.”
The Director-General noted the rise in demand for new forms of global action, joining States, civil society, the private sector, academia, the scientific community and global public opinion. In this context, she commended the political commitment of the United Arab Emirates as global leaders in this regard, putting strategic emphasis on the development of knowledge, innovation and science.
“This is the key for sustainable development,” she declared. “This is the future of international cooperation.”
On February 12, the Director-General launched the Arabic version of the 2016 Global Education Monitoring Report “Education for people and planet: Creating sustainable futures for all”, where she reaffirmed
urgent need to prioritise and invest in education.
Also on the margins of the World Government Summit, the Director-General took part in a debate with the Global Journalist Corps, a group of high-level journalists from around the world. They discussed the Sustainable Development Goals and how culture and education at the centre of addressing some of the world’s most pressing concerns.

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