World leaders call for ambitious U.S. and other G-7 commitments to Global Partnership for Education

June 5, 2014
by Allison Grossman, Senior Legislative Associate

Today, 13 members of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Advocacy Group on the Millennium Development Goals released an open letter to G-7 nations calling on leaders to recommit to the world's most vulnerable children through a successful replenishment of the Global Partnership for Education.

The signers of the letter included global leaders and development experts including Jeffrey Sachs, Muhammad Yunus, Ted Turner, Bob Geldof, Marina Silva, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, and more.

The letter comes as the leaders of the G-7 wrap up their meeting in Brussels today. In under a month, their governments will once again gather in Brussels along with other donor nations, developing country governments, civil society, and the private sector for the Global Partnership for Education pledging conference on June 26.

In the letter, the Advocates recognize the pivotal timing of the Global Partnership's pledging conference, as the international community makes one last push to reach the Millennium Development Goals while, at the same time, we look to the post-2015 global development agenda. A successful replenishment will help the world course correct on education, setting us on a solid path toward achieving quality education for all children.

The Advocates write, “we are making a personal appeal for the G-7 countries to lead the world in support of quality education for all by making ambitious commitments to the Global Partnership for Education at this June’s pledging conference.”

In a press release, RESULTS Executive Director Joanne Carter applauded the release of the letter and called on the U.S. government to fulfill the calls of the letter, saying, “Now is the chance for USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah and President Barack Obama to make a commitment to the Global Partnership for Education that answers the calls of global leaders and development experts, civil society, the U.S. Congress, and the millions of children worldwide whose futures depend on it.”

You can support their efforts by publicizing the letter on social media, sending to your member of Congress, and writing to your local newspaper praising their message and urging President Obama and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah to fulfill the calls of these global leaders and development experts by committing $250 million over two years at the Global Partnership for Education's pledging conference.

Read the full letter online here, and see RESULTS' press release welcoming the letter here. You can find more information about the Global Partnership on our website.

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