02 Mar UN chief encourages philanthropists to invest more in education
UN News Centre
28 February 2011 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today lauded the role philanthropists play in facilitating access to education and encouraged them to commit more resources to improve quality and ensure that even the most marginalized children have opportunities to acquire education.
“The world needs you to do even more: more giving, more advocacy, more sharing best practices and more teamwork, including with the United Nations,” the Secretary-General said in a speech delivered on his behalf by his Chef de Cabinet, Vijay Nambiar, to a special event in New York to strengthen partnership between the United Nations and the philanthropic community.
The event, “Partnering with the philanthropic community to promote education for all,” organized by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), brought together four hundred philanthropists, corporate and civil society leaders to UN Headquarters to share best practices and lessons to boost global private funding for the education of boys and girls.
In his remarks to the event, the Secretary-General paid tribute to the role played by philanthropic investments in spearheading innovation and providing the impetus for wider reforms.