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New York, 19 September 2013: Media advisory: Education cannot wait: High-level meeting to call for global action to plan for, prioritize and protect education in crisis-affected countries

More than 50 percent of the world’s 57 million primary school age children out of school live in countries scarred by war and conflict

Who: Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director
Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, UNICEF Eminent Advocate for Children 
Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education
Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees 
Ahmad Alhendawi, UN Envoy on Youth 
H.E. Maryam Qasim, Minister of Social Services Development, Federal Government of Somalia
H.E. Farooq Wardak, Minister of Education, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
H.E. Heikki Holmås, Minister of International Development, Norway
Alice Albright, Chief Executive Officer, Global Partnership for Education
Irina Bokova, Director General, UNESCO
Tove Wang, Chief Executive Officer Save the Children, Norway

What: A high-level meeting to call for global action to get more than 28 million children affected by conflict and disaster back in school and learning.

When: The meeting will be held at 1:30-3pm EDT on Monday, September 23, 2013

Where: Labouisse Hall, UNICEF House, 44th St. between 1st and 2nd Ave, New York

Attention broadcasters: Footage is available at

Social Media: Live tweeting will take place throughout the event #Educationcannotwait #educationfirst

Please note: There are a limited number of seats for media. Please ensure you have a photo ID and leave time for security clearance.

For interviews and to RSVP for the event please contact:

Shimali Senanayake, UNICEF, New York, Tel: + 1 917 265 4516,
Eileen Burke, Save the Children, Tel: + 1 203-216-0718,
Alexandra Humme, Global Partnership for Education, Tel: + 1 202 458 5511,



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