INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY - 2012
President of the General Assembly of the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz AlNasser
Celebrating International Literacy Day
Rethinking Literacy: How Far Have We Gone in Reaching the Literacy Goal?
10 September 2012
UN Headquarters, New York
in cooperation with
UNESCO, the French Consulate
UN Women for Peace Association, Inc.
Concept Note: INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY
RETHINKING LITERACY: HOW FAR HAVE WE GONE IN REACHING THE LITERACY GOAL
Eachyear, theInternationalLiteracy Dayremindsthe internationalcommunityof thestatusofliteracyandfocusesglobalattentiononliteracyneedsandissues. It encouragesMembersstates, academiaandcivilsocietytostrengthen their Commitment to promoting literacy and achieving real progress. With that in mind, thisyear’sobservancefocusesontheneedfor moreeffectiveeffortsandcreative stepstakenatalllevels, locally, nationallyandinternationallytotackleissuesin Literacy and quality education.
Recognizingtheimportanceofliteracyfortheachievementoftheinternationally agreedgoals, includingMDGsandEFA, thePresidentofthe66th Sessionofthe UnitedNationsGeneralAssemblyisorganizingtheeventincooperation with UNESCO, the French Consulate and UN Women for Peace Association, Inc.
The event will be preceded by a luncheon that will be held next to the Vienna Café. This event will be an opportunity to share innovative and sophisticated ideas in combating illiteracy as well as to strengthen the partnerships between organizations that directly address educational issues. The event will feature speakers from the Millennium Villages Project, Harlem Academy, WomenOne, Eco Boys and Girls, Infinite Family, Noah’s Arc Foundation, and the National Education Association and the Bridges of Understanding.
The Millennium Villages project uses cutting-edge innovations across all sectors, including ICT tools and mobile phones for planning, data collection, and feedback on Indicators in agriculture, health and education. The Harlem Academy is an independent school that challenges bright, motivated children in Harlem to realize their full potential. WomenOne‘s mission is to create positive change in the lives of women and girls through education, health and leadership. Eco Boys and Girls engage youth and families to be aware of, involved with and connected to each other and the earth. Infinite Family inspires and motivates teens and pre‐teens in South and Sub-saharan Africa with limited resources and support, so that they build the confidence, skills and global perspective. Noah’s Arc Foundation instills values in its members that are necessary to be successful in life through the practice of basketball and sculpture. The National Education Association advocates for education professionals and unites its members to fulfill the promise of public education to prepare every student to succeed. Lastly, Bridges of Understanding supports projects and efforts that foster better understanding between the American people and people of the Arab world.
The 14th Session of UNESCO General Conference adopted, on 8 September 1966, the resolution1.141onAdulteducation, literacyandyouthactivities, proclaiming8 September as International Literacy Day. United Nations Literacy Decade (UNLD) waslaunchedatUNHeadquartersin2003 inaGeneralAssemblyresolution. The Decadeaimstoincreaseliteracylevelsandtoempowerallpeopleeverywhere. UNESCOleadstheUNLDunderthesloganof“LiteracyasFreedom” andhas launched the Literacy Initiative for Empowerment(LIFE) in2005 as a framework for achieving the Decade’s goals.
H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz AlNasser, President of the General Assembly
Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director, Earth Institute of Columbia University
Introducing “The Millennium Villages Project”
Mr. Bertrand Lortholary, Consul‐General of France in New York
Welcoming the International Literacy Day Initiative
Mr. Philippe Kridelka, Director of UNESCO Office in New York
How Far Have We Gone in Reaching the Literacy Goal?
Mr. Vinny Dotoli, Dean of Harlem Academy
Introducing the Children of Harlem Academy
Ms. Dayle Haddon, Goodwill Ambassador, United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and Founder and CEO of WomenOne
Why it’s Important to Educate Girls?
Mr. Noel Brown, Founder and CEO of Friends of the United Nations
Video Intro: Eco Boys and Girls Public Service Announcement for the Environment
Ms. Maria Snyder, Founder of Eco Boys and Girls Organization
Eco Boys and Girls and The Millennium Development Goals at The United Nations Book
Mr. Colin Cowie, Global Ambassador of Infinite Family
Introducing Infinite Family
Ms. Cecilia Rodhe, Founder of Noah’s Arc Foundation
Emotional Literacy - Video: Noah’s Arc Foundation
Mr. Phillip Chartouni, Representative of Bridges of Understanding
Youth Perspective on Education
Ms. Daaiyah BilalTreats, Director, ExecutiveOffice, CenterforGovernance– National Education Association – (NEA)
Mrs. Muna Rihani al Nasser, Chair, UN Women for Peace
Ms. Hanifa Mezoui, Special Coordinator Civil Society, Office of the President of the 66thGeneral Assembly.