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In 2013, Global Citizens called for increased financial support for the Global Partnership for Education, the only multilateral partnership devoted to getting all these children into school for a quality education. Global Citizens also supported the Cotton On Foundation’s efforts to get children into school in Southern Uganda.
Global Citizens took more than 105,000 actions on behalf of the one in ten children worldwide who still go through life without an education. That’s 57 million children who lack access to an education, despite the world’s promise to put every child in school by 2015. Thirty-one million of these children are girls. Tens of millions of children drop out of school before attaining fundamental skills like reading and math – forced into early marriages, participating in dangerous work just to feed their families, or are pushed out because of school fees they can’t afford.
Progress has stalled, education aid has been cut, and we now stand on the verge of breaking the promise we made to children at the dawn of the new millennium. We simply cannot afford to leave millions of children to a fate of illiteracy, vulnerability and poverty. Given this education emergency, Global Citizens called on donor governments to commit the funding needed to put education first and answer the call for the schooling all children deserve.
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Imagine your child, brother or mother was sick. What would you do? For most of us, the answer is easy: we would take our loved one to a local health professional. For many people living in rural Sub-Saharan Africa, that’s simply not an option. They live too far from the closest clinic or hospital, or cannot afford transportation to get there. As a result, the mortality rate for children under 5 is currently at 4.8 percent worldwide; five out of every 1,000 mothers die due to childbirth; and too many countries are struggling to reach the health-related Millennium Development Goals.
This year’s Global Citizen Festival focused on (a) efforts to train, equip and deploy community health workers across sub-Saharan Africa, (b) meet global targets around child survival initiatives, and (c) the ability for people around the world to access life-saving vaccines and immunizations.
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Investing in girls and women is critical to achieving gender equality and ending poverty. Although progress has been made, they are still too often being left behind. Today, there are still 31 million girls who are denied an education, almost 300,000 girls and women who die from complications due to pregnancy or childbirth every year, and 222 million women in developing countries who want to avoid pregnancy but lack access to family planning services, information and contraception.
When girls and women are educated, healthy and have access to sexual and reproductive health services like family planning, poverty declines.
At Global Citizen Festival, Global Citizens called on the UN Secretary-General and other key decision makers and stakeholders to prioritize women’s equality within all future development goals.
Furthermore, Global Citizens called on politicians and government officials to make new commitments at this year’s festival.
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Partnerships between governments, companies, non-profits and individuals are essential to seeing the end of extreme poverty. Global Citizens sought to highlight and build public-private partnerships committed to ending extreme poverty by 2030.
Global Citizen Festival highlighted the work of companies like HP which is providing training to social entrepreneurs across the globe, and Cotton On Foundation, which aims to give access to education to tens of thousands of children in Uganda. Furthermore, Global Citizen Festival brought together NGOs and government leaders around issues like food aid reform to accelerate progress on these initiatives.
Why can we not have every single country in the world saying, ‘Yes, we want to make it possible for everyone to be able to see; for everyone to have food; for everyone to have education; for everyone to have an opportunity!’?
Kings of Leon
When you can be a part of something and actually do something that makes a change its gotta be the most gratifying feeling in the world.
There is nothing more important to me than my generation seeing the end of the AIDS pandemic, on the road to the end of extreme poverty.
It’s a really exciting idea to get on stage and play for people who have this unified attitude, not just for the music they love but for the good they’ve done.
CEO of Global Partnership for Education
Ban Ki Moon
Secretary-General, United Nations
Christian Friis Bach
Development Cooperation Minister, Denmark
Ambassador of Hungary to the United Nations
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Minister of Education, Afghanistan
HP VP, sustainability and social innovation
Economist, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University
President, World Bank
Rep. Chaka Fatah
D-PA 2nd District
Rep. Charlie Dent
R-PA 15th District
Rep. Jim McGovern
D-MA 2nd District
Rep. Kay Granger
R-TX 12th District
Rep. Nita Lowey
D-NY 17th District
Prof. Muhammad Yunus
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia.
General Manager, COF