Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
The Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon has appointed former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown as the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education.
In a statement announcing the appointment, Ki-Moon credited the appointment of Brown on his “impressive commitment to education as a fundamental right of every child”, adding that he has demonstrated “unquestionable passion advocating extensively with world leaders, civil society, and the business community to keep the promise of quality education for all by 2015”.
Explaining the role of Brown in his new appointment, the UN said, “As Special Envoy, Mr. Brown will devote himself to working closely with all key partners to help galvanize support for the Secretary-General’s Global Initiative on Education (Education First), which aims to achieve quality, relevant, and inclusive education for every child. He will focus on countries with the highest burden of children out of school, recognizing that nearly half of out of school children are in countries affected by conflict. He will help bring about change, mobilize resources and generate additional and sufficient funding”.
The Secretary-General expressed confidence that Mr. Brown will be a genuine champion for the world’s most poor and that his passion and conviction will re-energize international action for everyone’s right to opportunity through education.
Reacting to the appointment, Brown said, “It is a great privilege to be invited by the UN Secretary-General Bank Ki-moon to serve as his Special Envoy for Global Education.
“Ensuring that every child in the world has the opportunity to go to school and to learn is a longstanding passion of mine, and I aim to learn from other Special Envoys such as President Clinton, Kofi Annan and Ray Chambers. Education breaks the cycle of poverty and unlocks better health and better job prospects.
“My hope is that the Secretary-General's 'Education First' initiative will accelerate progress not only towards the Millennium Development Goal on education, but across all the goals.
“Enrolling an additional 61 million children and ensuring a quality education for all by the end of 2015 will not be easy - but it is a goal which, working together, we can achieve.”