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High-level Side Events

Beyond the important goal of reducing infant mortality, early childhood development (ECD) was not a priority in 2000-2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Sadly, ECD is virtually invisible in the first draft of the 2015-2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As time is running short, we need to advocate very strongly for including ECD on the post-2015 development agenda.

To promote global awareness of the importance of ECD and explore ideas for strategies to build political support, OMEP co-organised two high-level side events on 12 December, 2013 and 13 February, 2014. You can find the information below.

The 6th Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals Side Event on 12 December, 2013

Post-2015 Global Policy Agenda: Early Childhood Development as a Foundation for Sustainable Development

Date: 12 December, 2013 (Thursday)

Venue: The United Nations Headquarters complex in New York

Organizers: The Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development, OMEP, UNICEF, Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), and SOS Children’s Village International

Objective: to increase awareness of the importance of ECD to the post-2015 development agenda and political support for inclusion of ECD in the September 2014 SDG proposal to the General Assembly

Target Audience: individuals and groups outside the core ECD community, including participants of the Sixth Session Open Working Group on Sustainable Development in New York, representatives of governments and education, child welfare, nutrition, health, WASH, education for sustainable development, and peace education sectors

Making the Case: Rights, Science and Economics

  • Louise Zimanyi – Director of the Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development (CG)
  • Pablo Stansbery – Early Learning Consultant with UNICEF and steering committee member of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa’s Working Group on ECD

 

Working in Partnership: Health, Nutrition, Education and Protection

  • Bernadette Daelmans – Coordinator, Policy, Planning and Programmes, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health, World Health Organisation
  • Ingrid Pramling Samuelson – President, OMEP and UNESCO Chair in Early Childhood Education and Sustainable Development
  • Aigly Zafareikou – Senior Education and Human Development Specialist, The Global Partnership for Education
  • Sofia Garcia-Garcia – Advocacy Advisor, Post-2015 Agenda, Liaison & Advocacy, SOS Children’s Villages International

 

Discussion: Collective and Strategic Global Action

  • Vinicius Pinheiro – Deputy Director, International Labour Organization, New York
  • Hiro Yoshikawa – Co-Chair, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Workgroup on ECD, Education and the Transition to Work
  • Pia Rebello Britto – Senior Advisor, Early Childhood Development, UNICEF
  • Invited Representatives – UN Permanent Missions of China, Senegal, Kenya and Benin

 

Moderated by: Judith T. Wagner, Deputy President, OMEP and Nurper Ulkuer, Child Development Expert

The 52nd Session of the Commission for Social Development Side Event on 13 February, 2014

Refugee Children and the Right to Early Childhood Education: A Humanitarian and Sustainable Development Issue

Date: 13 February, 2014 (Thursday)

Venue: The United Nations Headquarters complex in New York

Organizers: International Council of Psychologists, OMEP

Objective: to increase awareness of the rights of refugee children to early childhood education, which is a foundation for sustainable human and social development

Target Audience: individuals and groups outside the core ECD community, including participants of the 52nd Session of the Commission for Social Development in New York, representatives of governments and education, child welfare, education for sustainable development,  human rights and peace education sectors

Early Childhood Education as a Model for Service Delivery

  • Lori Heninger, Director of the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergency

 

Young Children in Emergencies: An Integrated Program Approach

  • Cassie Landers, Assistant Professor, Columbia University

 

Promoting the Rights and Wellbeing of the World’s Most Vulnerable Young Children

  • Judith Wagner, Deputy President of OMEP

 

Moderated by: Maria Pia Belloni Mignatti, Representative, OMEP

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