Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the Global Education Forum, in New York today:
It is a pleasure to join the Forum for its second meeting, albeit virtually. We have come together at yet another truly critical moment for education and for all the Sustainable Development Goals.
The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc across the world and has made the task of achieving the Goals even harder than before. This is clearly the case in the area of education. The prescription for suppressing the health crisis has a huge side effect on education, taking millions of children out of school. As the Secretary-General warned last month, without an ambitious global response, a learning crisis could turn into a learning catastrophe.
At the same time, this emergency has also made the Sustainable Development Goals more urgent than ever and it has