Leave no girl behind: roundtable on UNESCO projects for girls’ education supported by the Republic of Korea

When :

from Tuesday 9 April, 2019
to Tuesday 9 April, 2019

Type of event :

Executive Board

Where :

UNESCO Restaurant, 7th floor, 7 place Fontenoy, 75015, Paris, France

Contact :

Ms. Jee Eun Chung, je.chung@unesco.org - gender.ed@unesco.org

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, the Korean National Commission for UNESCO, and UNESCO are co-organizing a roundtable to showcase UNESCO’s work on girls’ education, and highlight the importance of continued investments to ensure all girls have a chance for a better life and a better future.

Girls’ education is transformative. Educating a girl is one of the best investments her family, community, and country can make. Educated girls are more likely to be healthier, better paid in the workplace, and more empowered to participate in social, economic, civic and political affairs. Girls’ education is therefore essential for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNESCO, as the United Nations’ specialized agency for education, has been entrusted to lead the Education 2030 agenda with its partners. Gender equality is a global priority for UNESCO and inextricably linked to its efforts to promote the right to education and the empowerment of girls through education.

The Republic of Korea is a staunch partner in UNESCO’s efforts to advance girls’ education through significant voluntary contributions for UNESCO’s girls’ education projects. Of Korea’s six largest Funds-in-Trust projects, four address girls’ education. Acutely aware of the significance of education from its experiences of postwar reconstruction, Korea wishes to ensure that the potential of education is realized as a catalyst for development in as many places as possible.

This roundtable aims to
- raise awareness among Member States of UNESCO’s work on girls’ education, shared by country partners and funding partners
- showcase key accomplishments of UNESCO’s girls’ education projects, discuss persistent challenges to be tackled, and mobilize stronger support by Member States to girls’ education
- highlight Korean public and private-sector funding partners’ ongoing commitment to supporting UNESCO’s projects for girls’ education.

The event will be simultaneously interpreted in English and French.

Participation will be by invitation only.