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Good morning, this is Pip. Government officials are gathering in Geneva on Thursday and Friday for a pledging conference organised by Education Cannot Wait – the UN’s global fund for education in emergencies. We spoke to its director Yasmine Sherif about why donors need to urgently step up to help keep millions of children in school.

The aftermath of the earthquakes that killed at least 21,000 people in Syria and Turkey is likely to continue to occupy the agenda of aid organisations. The UN aid chief Martin Griffiths is expected to stop by Geneva on return from Syria early this week, according to a UN spokesperson.

In other events, the Martin Ennals award ceremony recognises human rights leaders from Chad, Venezuela and Kashmir for their work. Plus, a film screening reveals the untold story of civil rights icon Rosa Parks.

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Pip Cook


On our radar this week

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Education Cannot Wait executive director, Yasmine Sherif, is welcomed by students and teachers at a girls’ primary school in Kabul, Afghanistan, in November 2021. (UNICEF/Omid Fazel)

Geneva conference seeks urgent funds for millions of children out of school. Around the world, 222 million children are having their education disrupted by war, disaster and other crises, according to Education Cannot Wait, which is convening governments and other potential donors in Geneva this week for its high-level financing conference from 16-17 February. This number of kids falling back has tripled since 2016, driven by escalating conflict, climate change, protracted crises and Covid-19. “We are leaving behind a generation of children who will be unprepared for life,” the organisation’s executive director, Yasmine Sherif, told Geneva Solutions ahead of the event.

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Also on the agenda

  • 📌 14 February | The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks. She became an icon of the US civil rights movement for refusing to bow down to segregation laws on a bus in Alabama in 1995. But her fight for racial justice had begun long before that. This film screening at Cinérama Empire in Carouge will depict the full story of Rosa Parks, including her overlooked achievements and radical politics that have been kept out of the sanitised version of the movement’s history.
    Ciné ONU (EN)
  • 📌 16 February | Martin Ennals Award 2023. Every year, individuals or organisations who have shown exceptional commitment to the defence and promotion of human rights, are recognised by what has been called the human rights’ own Nobel award. This year’s winners, Delphine Djiraibé (Chad), Feliciano Reyna (Venezuela), and Khurram Parvez (Jammu and Kashmir), will be honoured at a ceremony in Plainpalais, Geneva. UN human rights chief Volker Türk is due to speak.
    Martin Ennals Award (EN)
  • For more events, visit the Genève Internationale website.

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