April 10, 2014

UN Envoy for Global Education

A World at School, in collaboration with civil society organizations and the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, hosted a day-long "Countdown to 2015 Summit."

On the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund - World Bank Spring Meetings, the summit convened NGO executives, grassroots campaigners and youth activists alongside global policy leaders in a set of dynamic plenaries, executive leadership strategy tracks and campaign working sessions.

The action-driven summit focused on the urgent education crisis and the development of a strong plan of action to the end of 2015 to get as many children into school and learning.  

Summit Goals:

  • Align strategy for the UN Special Envoy’s “500-Day Countdown” Campaign for Global Education
  • Launch of a new set of tools to hold leaders and governments accountable for the global education goals
  • Coordinate messaging, tactics, and metrics around key barriers

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Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Labour Party from 2007 to 2010. Previously, Brown served as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1997 to 2007. In July, 2012 he was made UN Special Envoy for Global Education.

He is a passionate advocate for global action to ensure education for all. He also chairs the Global Strategic Infrastructure Initiative for The World Economic Forum and serves as New York University’s inaugural Distinguished Global Leader in Residence.

Brown, who has been a Member of Parliament since 1983, is the founder, with his wife, of Their World, a charity which engages young people, business leaders, health and education professionals and civil society to create a brighter future for every child. He is married to Sarah Brown, a charity campaigner, and the couple have two young sons.

Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown is the founding Chair of the Global Business Coalition for Education and co-founder of the A World at School initiative to mobilise and support all efforts to achieve education and learning for every child by 2015. She is also the CEO of the Office of Gordon and Sarah Brown Ltd, President of the international children’s charity Theirworld, Co-Founder of the Maternal Mortality Campaign and Global Patron of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood.

She has received the Vision and Impact Award from the Global Business Coalition for Health, an Honorary Fellowship from Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Recognition Award from theInternational Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics.

Sarah lives in London and Scotland with her husband, the UN Special Envoy for Global Education and Member of Parliament Gordon Brown, and their two sons John and Fraser. She tweets as @SarahBrownUK to 1.2million followers.

Ban Ki-Moon

Ban Ki-moon is the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations. His priorities have been to mobilize world leaders around a set of new global challenges, from climate change and economic upheaval to pandemics and increasing pressures involving food, energy and water. He has sought to be a bridge-builder, to give voice to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, and to strengthen the Organization itself.

"I grew up in war", the Secretary-General has said, "and saw the United Nations help my country to recover and rebuild. That experience was a big part of what led me to pursue a career in public service. As Secretary-General, I am determined to see this Organization deliver tangible, meaningful results that advance peace, development and human rights."