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Published on Apr 12, 2011
United Nations, New York, 12 April 2011 - We have put emphasis on education because we feel that without education all the other Millennium Development Goals cannot be achieved says H.E. Mr. Lazarous Kapambwe, President of the Economic and Social Council
Mr. Kapambwe answers the following questions:
What do you think is the value of these special events with the corporate and philanthropic community at the United Nations?
Access to schooling is expanding, yet in many countries the quality of education remains quite low. What is the situation in your country and how can other partners help?
How should the Council follow-up on the commitments that have been made to improving access to and quality of education?
Ambassador Kapambwe was interviewed prior the special event of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), "Partnering with the philanthropic community to promote education for all" on 28 February 2011.
This event was one of the preparatory events for the 2011 ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review (AMR) on "implementing the internationally agreed goals and commitments in regard to education", and was organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), in collaboration with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP), and the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthrophy (CECP).
The key objective of the special event was to increase focus on issues central to the achievement of education for all, through:
(i) broadening of the range of stakeholders involved in the work of ECOSOC, as well as increasing the awareness amongst the philanthropic community on the progress made and the challenges faced in achieving the internationally agreed goals and commitments on education; (ii) promoting concrete initiatives by the philanthropic community and initiating new partnerships that would accelerate progress in reaching the international goals and targets related to education; (iii) expanding multi-stakeholder engagement in the international community's efforts to help advance the progress on the two focus areas mentioned above.