Celebration of International Day of Education at UNESCO Headquarters

When :

from Friday 24 January, 2020
to Friday 24 January, 2020

Type of event :

Category 8-Symposium

Where :

UNESCO Headquarters, Room IV, 125 avenue Suffren, 75007, Paris, France

Contact :

Tram Nguyen (Ms), nt.nguyen@unesco.org

In partnership with the CRI (Centre for Research and Interdisciplinarity), UNESCO organises on 24 January 2020 a celebration of the second edition of International Day of Education, a date proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2018 to honour education and its centrality to human well-being and sustainable development.

In line with the 2020 theme, Learning for people, planet, prosperity and peace, the International Day will examine the many ways learning can empower people, protect the planet, build shared prosperity and foster peace. The Paris celebration will feature talks and discussions with education leaders from around the world, including youth leaders.

Attend the event

The event is open to the public and advance registration is NOT required. Attendees should bring identification and will receive a badge at the entrance.

UNESCO encourages people to arrive early, allowing sufficient time to collect a badge, enter the building and go to Room IV where International Day celebration will be held. Seating will be available on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE basis. Overflow seating, if required, will be provided in Room II.  

Should you have special questions about attendance, please send an email to Ngoc Tram Nguyen at nt.nguyen@unesco.org.

Provisional programme of UNESCO Headquarters event


Registration – Welcome


Opening session:

2020 Celebration: Learning for people, planet, prosperity and peace




Moderation: Ms. Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO

Welcome address: Ms. Audrey Azoulay, Director-General, UNESCO

Video message:

Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations

Mr. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President, 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Keynote addresses:

Mr. Jean-Michel Blanquer, Minister of Education, France

Mr. Ibrahima Guimba-Saïdou, Minister of Information and Communication, Niger



Inspire & Empower – stories to celebrate learning

A series of inspiring talks around the four themes of ‘Learning for people, planet, prosperity and peace’. Each talk will be approximately 7 minutes in duration to allow time for questions and exchange.


Learning for people


Moderator: To be confirmed


Ms. Kiran Bir Sethi, Founder & Director, The Riverside School (India); Founder,  Design for Change; Founder, aProCh

Mr. Bill Carter, Team Lead, Ashoka (Global network of social entrepreneurs)


Learning for planet




Ms. Akpezi Obguigwe, Founder, Anpez Centre for Sustainable Development (Nigeria); Member of the UNESCO-Japan ESD Prize jury


Ms. Chandrika Bahadur, President, Sustainable Development Solutions Network and the Sustainable Development Goals Academy

Mr. Luis Neves, CEO, GeSi


Break, learning exchange and exhibition


Learning for prosperity


Moderator: To be confirmed


Ms. Karen Kelly, Partnership Manager, Laboratoria

Ms. Ekaterina Loshkareva, Vice President, WorldSkills International



Learning for peace



Moderator: To be confirmed


Ms. Jane Kinney Meyers, Founder and President, Lubuto Library Partners

Mr. José Octavio Cardona León, Mayor, Manizales in Colombia (UNESCO Learning City) 






Mr François Taddei, Director, Centre for Research and Interdisciplinarity

Ms Gohar Hovhannisyan, Vice President, European Student Union

Ms Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO


Cocktail reception


Film screening of ‘Teach me if you can’ / ‘Profs de l’impossible’

Directed by: Émilie Thérond


Exhibition – Foyer (outside Room IV)


Young people will exhibit up to ten learning solutions for the duration of the International Day of Education celebration at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris