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Events in New York

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List of Events In New York on Friday 11 October, 2013

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. - Google Hangout with Anthony Lake
at a New York City High School

UNICEF’s Executive Director, Anthony Lake, participated in a live-streamed Google hangout from an international high school in New York, where Mr. Lake engaged in a Q&A with students from the high school, along with students from South Sudan, to discuss challenges and solutions related to girls’ education. Results from a “Hackathon” organized by UNICEF and Intel were shared, and other students and youth were able to send questions and comments online.

This special event was moderated by TV personality, Quddus and also included special guests Stuart Campo, UNICEF South Sudan Innovations Labs, and Agatha Bacilar, Intel Ambassador for Change. Students and practitioners from around the globe participated in this virtual Hangout.


9:15 - 11:30 a.m. - Erasing Barriers to Girls’ Education: Innovate 2 Educate
Danny Kaye Visitors Centre and UNICEF Courtyard

UNICEF and Plan International Sponsored and Hosted Advocacy Event 
This event showcased innovative approaches and good practices for improving access to and quality of girls’ education around the world. Remarks were given by Geeta Rao Gupta, Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF; Vibeke Jensen, Head of the GEFI Secretariat & Senior Advisor, UNESCO; and Nigel Chapman, CEO, Plan International. Global ambassador for Plan's Because I am a Girl (BIAAG) campaign, actress Freida Pinto and a BIAAG Youth Ambassador also delivered remarks.

Plan International’s Fresco, an interactive “erasable” billboard that portrays an image of girls working in a typical ‘sweatshop’, was revealed. The concept is based on the revelation of a second illustration – of girls in school – underneath it. It was slowly revealed by people using erasers.


1:15 - 2:45 p.m. - Game Changers for Girls’ Education 
Diplomat Ballroom, ONE UN Hotel, New York, NY

UNICEF, UN Women and Plan International sponsored leadership forum

High-level event for enhanced commitment by global leaders to ensure that girls receive an education commensurate with their rights and the demands of the 21st century.  Presentation of the Girl Declaration, capturing voices of girls regarding their space in the post-2015 agenda.  Speakers included the Office of the Secretary-General; Amina Mohammed, UN Special Adviser on the Post- 2015 Framework; Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF;  Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women; Wendy Hawkins, Executive Director, Intel Foundation; and Nigel Chapman, CEO, Plan International. Sejal Hathi and Tara Roberts, the founders of “girltank,” a community hub for women and girl change agents and social entrepreneurs, also participated in the event.

This leadership forum was moderated by Juju Chang, Emmy Award-winning television journalist.
Watch the video from the event here.



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