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Launch Monday: Report on girls' education highlights progress, challenges

Bellamy to launch report in her last visit to Geneva as UNICEF Executive Director

Who: Carol Bellamy, UNICEF Executive Director
HE Ambassador Wegger Chr. Strømmen,  Permanent Representative of Norway of UN mission in Geneva
What: Press Conference to launch UNICEF’s  bi-annual report:   Progress for Children. This edition is “A report card on gender parity and primary education

Where: Palais des Nations,  Press room 3.

When: Monday, 18 April 2005,  11.30 a.m.

Why: While more children than ever are in school, the disparities that keep 115 million children - the majority of whom are girls - out of school must be urgently addressed in order to meet the 2015 goal of universal education. Millions of the world’s poorest and most disenfranchised children, particularly the girls, are denied their basic right to an education.  2005 is the deadline for the  Millenium Development goal to reach gender parity in primary education.  In many countries, data suggests  millions of girls may soon gain access to the classroom, but a 'quantum leap' is needed to achieve education for all.

The report card - part of a series in which UNICEF monitors progress for children in the lead-up to 2015 - measures the world's advances towards the Millenium Development Goals 2 and 3, which pursue universal primary education and gender equality.

Premiere:  The United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative will present a two-minute version of an ten -minute video with fresh stories on challenges and progress in getting girls into school from Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Malawi, Sudan and Turkey.  

Attention broadcasters:  B-roll of the event and the stories above will be fed on Monday, 18 April UNIFEED through APTN.  Visit:  www.un.org/unifeed.

For further information, please contact:

Damien Personnaz, UNICEF Media, Geneva,
41 22 909 5716 dpersonnez@unicef.org

Kate Donovan,  UNICEF Media New York,
212 326 7452  kdonovan@unicef.org





Related links

Report, fact sheets, b-roll and other materials will be available on Monday, 18 April at:


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