On 13th July, UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon, announced he had appointed Gordon Brown, the former British Prime Minister, as United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education.
As Special Envoy, Gordon Brown will work closely with key partners to help galvanize support for global education, particularly the Secretary-General’s Global Initiative on Education, which aims to achieve quality, relevant, and inclusive education for every child.
Gordon Brown’s new role will focus on countries with the most children out of school. He will be responsible for bringing about change, mobilizing resources and generating additional funding.
Gordon Brown is known to be a champion of global education and has already worked extensively with world leaders, international charities and the business community to push for a quality education for all by 2015.
On his appointment, Gordon Brown said “ensuring that every child in the world has the opportunity to go to school and to learn is a longstanding passion of mine…Education breaks the cycle of poverty and unlocks better health and better job prospects.”
“My hope is that the Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon’s ‘Education First’ initiative will accelerate progress not only towards the Millennium Development Goal on education, but across all the goals.”
RESULTS will watch with interest the development of the UN Secretary General’s Global Initiative on Education and Gordon Brown’s new role as UN Special Envoy for Global Education.