12 November 2012

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General Calls for Support of Malala Yousafzai,


61 Million Children’s Fundamental Right to Education


Following is the text of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s video message in support of Malala Yousafzai and girls’ education, on 10 November:

Malala Yousafzai is a global symbol of every girl’s right to an education. 

On 10 November, citizens from across the globe are speaking out for Malala and on behalf of the 61 million children still not in school. 

My Special Envoy for Global Education, Mr. Gordon Brown, will deliver a petition in support of Malala and the universal right to education.  I am adding my voice to the messages from over 1 million people across the globe.

Education is a fundamental human right.  It is a pathway to development, tolerance and global citizenship.

Join us in our campaign to put education first, for Malala and girls and boys throughout the world.

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