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Apply to speak at, attend, or serve on Selection Committee: UN President of General Assembly's SDG Action Event on Education, 28 June 2017 at UNHQ

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On 28 June 2017, the President of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Peter Thomson, convened Member States, the UN System, and stakeholders at the United Nations Headquarters in a High-level SDG Action Event on Education. At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly, UN-NGLS facilitated a process to identify youth civil society or social entrepreneur speakers as well as stakeholders of any age wishing to attend this event as observers.

The deadlines to apply have passed.

25 May 2017 - Apply for stakeholder Selection Committee
26 May 2017 - Apply for youth civil society / social entrepreneur speaking roles
4 June 2017 - Apply to attend the event as an observer

The President of the General Assembly selected the following 6 youth speakers for this event through this process, 5 of which received travel funding from the UN:

1) High-level Opening Segment
Saul Paul Mwame
Dct Mvumi Secondary School - United Republic of Tanzania

2) Panel Discussion on Tackling SDG 4: What will it take?
Musarrat Maisha Reza
Be the Peace - Be the Hope - Singapore
3) Ministerial Dialogue on Education in Vulnerable and Humanitarian Emergency Situations
Dor Akech Achiek (respondent)
Settlement Services International - Australia

4) Panel Discussion on Innovation in Education
Muhammad Usman
Centre for Renewable Energy and Action on Climate Change - Nigeria

5) Panel Discussion on Education for Sustainable Development
Sanaya Bharucha
Teach For India - India

6) Lunch Dialogue organized by the Office of the President of the General Assembly and the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP)
Muhamad Iman Usman
Ruangguru - Indonesia

UN-NGLS facilitated a stakeholder Selection Committee for the evaluation and short-listing of the civil society and social entrepreneur candidates for the speaking roles, to be presented to the Office of the President of the General Assembly for their consideration. The Committee ensured regional and gender balance, and diversity of constituency and expertise in the overall set of candidates.

Selection Committee Members

Yiombi Thona - Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN)
Christina Ude - Reading Hamlets
Camilla Croso - Global Campaign for Education
Denise Ferris - BRAC
Mareike Hachemer - TeachSDGs / The Global Educator Task Force
Jessica Jahn - University of the Fraser Valley
Benedict Joson - The International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity
Geeta Raj - The Global Sleepover
Shaima Mahmoud - Kenana Association for sustainable development
Agharese Ojelede - World Safety Organization (Nigerian Chapter)
Nada Ali - Sudanese Knowledge Society
Iria Dopazo Ruibal - The Mauricio Gaston Institute for Latino Community development and Public Policy
S.M.Bilal Abbasi - Waheed Relief Organization
Deji Bryce Olukotun - Access Now

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