Education is in crisis around the world. Since 1990 huge progress has been made to get millions more children into school, but in recent years this has stalled. If we go on with business as usual there will actually be more children out of school in 2015 than there are today.
RESULTS is today at the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) replenishment event in Copenhagen. This is the best opportunity we have had for years to reinvigorate our efforts to make sure all children can go to school and get a quality education that teaches them the skills they need to succeed in life. Donor Governments, Developing Nation Governments, civil society and the private sector are all here (along with some very cute Danish children and a yurt!) to make pledges towards this goal. So will we get the leadership that we need?
It’s early in the day and I will be blogging throughout as news comes out, but so far things look positive. Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, who couldn’t be here himself (he’s just had heart surgery so we will forgive him!) delivered a fantastic opening message. He challenged everyone present to make sure we become the first generation ever to ensure all children have access to education. He is leading by example: Australia has put education absolutely at the heart of its aid programme, and there are big hopes for the Australian pledge which is due to be announced very shortly. Continue reading
Two weeks ago the UN General Assembly (UNGA) began in New York. UNGA is the main deliberative, policymaking and representative body of the UN, and is held from September to December every year, with the High-level meetings that involve Heads of State and senior government representatives clustered in mid-September. Many issues are debated at UNGA, with a big focus this year on food security and the famine in Somalia.
This year’s UNGA was an especially important moment for the fight to ensure everyone in the world has access to education because we’re in the final stages of preparation for the Global Partnership for Education replenishment, which is being held in Copenhagen, Denmark on the 8th November. The process of persuading donors including the UK Government to commit additional resources to the partnership takes a long time, but there was a special buzz about lobbying between donors at UNGA, with those who are most supportive pushing those who are lagging.
A particular stand-out contribution came from Kevin Rudd, Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, who made an impassioned speech on behalf of education: Continue reading
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Yesterday major donors from the public and private sector came together to make a historic pledge to immunise more than 250 million of the world’s poorest children and prevent more than 4 million premature deaths. At the GAVI pledging conference convened prime ministers, ministers and high-level officials from donor and developing countries, leaders of UN Agencies, CEOs from private companies and senior civil society leaders to make commitments to support GAVI’s life-saving work. The meeting was hosted by the governments of the United Kingdom and Liberia and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The conference was the culmination of over a year’s hard work on the part of the civil society organisations, NGOs, donors and governments and the success was unprecedented.
Prior to the conference, GAVI set themselves a fundraising target of $3.7 billion dollars, enough money to scale up their existing vaccination programmes and to also roll out new vaccines against Rotavirus –which causes diarrhoea – and Pneumococcus – which causes pneumonia. However, in an overwhelming display of generosity, the combined donors pledged a total of $4.3Bn, exceeding GAVI’s target by a cool $600 million. The exceeding of the target means GAVI will be able to reach more children more quickly than they had planned. The new pledges bring GAVI’s total available resources for the period 2011 to 2015 to $ 7.6 billion.
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Tagged Andrew Mitchell MP, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, bill gate, Bill Gates, bob geldof, David Cameron, Gates Foundation, GAVI, kevin rudd, pledging conference, RESULTS