New initiative aims to forge closer links between UN and academia

Over 300 university presidents, faculty members and students gathered at United Nations Headquarters today for the launch of a new initiative that seeks to create partnerships between the world body and academia and foster a culture of intellectual social responsibility.

Asia can build ‘new era of sustainability’ – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon today applauded the work of a global education initiative for responsible management, and urged it to help put a more “human face” on business education in Asia.

Top UN officials urge 'global movement of minds' to realise universal values

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and senior UN communications chief Kiyo Akasaka have urged academics and scholars to spearhead a movement to further freedom of expression and educational opportunity for all, at a conference on the UN’s Academic Impact initiative in Shanghai.

UN conference adopts action plan for improving early childhood care and education

Participants at a United Nations-backed conference in Moscow today adopted an action plan to expand and improve comprehensive early childhood care and education, especially for the world’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged children.

New UN report urges push to end gender disparities in education

Girls and boys in only 85 countries will have equal access to primary and secondary education by 2015 if present trends continue, according to a new United Nations report, which calls for greater efforts to reduce gender disparities in education.

UN report says Latin America must budget more for education to reach regional goals

Latin American countries must increase their annual education budgets if they are to reach the goals they have set for improving their national education systems, according to a new United Nations report released today.

Increased funding needed to ensure quality education in Iraq – UN

More public spending is required in Iraq to ensure quality education for all, a right enshrined in the nation’s constitution, the United Nations said today, as the world body-backed Global Action Week for Education gets under way.

Tens of millions to benefit from India’s Right to Education Act – UN agencies

Three United Nations agencies are hailing what they described as a “ground-breaking” new act that legalizes the right to free and compulsory education for all children between the ages of 6 and 14 in India.