Media advisory: Global Education First Initiative focuses on providing all children with quality education through stronger leadership and financing


Updated information as of 19 September 2013

With 57 million out of school children worldwide, stronger leadership and more dynamic financing are essential to providing more children with quality education opportunities. The United Nations Secretary-General launched his Global Education First Initiative in September 2012 to 1) Put every child in school, 2) Improve the quality of learning, and 3) Foster global citizenship.

The Initiative has rallied together a broad spectrum of actors and spurred a global movement to put education at the heart of the social, political and development agenda, particularly when it comes to accelerating progress on the Millennium Development Goals and considering what comes next with the post-2015 Development Agenda.

The Global Education First Initiative will hold its one-year anniversary event on 25 September and bring together leaders from the international community to focus on how leadership and finance can help deliver on the three goals of the Initiative.


  • Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General
  • Jim Yong Kim, World Bank Group President
  • Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education
  • Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
  • Heads of State from GEFI Champion Countries
  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu
  • Malala Yousafzai, Education Activist
  • Lang Lang, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
  • Aliko Dangote, President of Dangote Group

WHEN: Wednesday, 25 September 2013, 11:00am–1:00pm

WHERE: ECOSOC Chamber, UN Headquarters, New York

Please note:  a limited number of seats will be available for media, contact and  

The GEFI Anniversary event will be webcast live on UN Web TV:  

For more information, visit:  

Social media:
Live tweeting will take place throughout the event. Follow the conversation:
@GlobalEduFirst using #EducationFirst

Media Contacts

Global Education First Initiative:
Shimali Senanayake,, +1-917 265 4516

UN Department of Public Information:
Wynne Boelt,, +1 212-963-8264

World Bank
Carolyn Reynolds,, +1-202-294-5542

For queries about Gordon Brown:
Bruce Waddell,, +447796314444

Suzanne Bilello,, +1-212-963-4386

For queries about Malala Yousafzai:

For media access, UN Media Accreditation & Liaison Unit:, +1-212-963-6934 or +1-212-963-6937

For an embed code of the live webcast from UN Web TV:
Andreas Damianou,

Television live coverage / feeds:, +1-212-963-9399/ +1-212-963-7650

Radio live coverage / feeds:
+1-212-963-7656 or +1-212-963-3349