Leaders Day | Transforming Education Summit with UN chief, Malala & many more | United Nations

The Leaders Day at the Transforming Education Summit is dedicated to the presentation of National Statements of Commitment by Heads of State and Government in the form of Leaders Roundtables. A limited number of thematic sessions is held to place a focus on cross-cutting priorities for transforming education. Leaders Day features the presentation of the Summit Youth Declaration and the Secretary-General’s Vision Statement for Transforming Education.

Opening segment

1. Introductory film
Opening moderator: Ms Folly Ba Thibaut, Journalist and Principal Presenter, Al Jazeera
Video: Let Me Learn campaign
2. Opening remarks
• Mr António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General
• H.E. Ms Lachezara Stoeva, Permanent Representative of Bulgaria to the United Nations in New York, President of the Economic and Social Council
• Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General, UNESCO
• H.E. Ms Sahle-Work Zewde, President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Chair of the International Commission on the Futures of Education (video message)
• H.E. Mr Julius Maada Bio, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Co-Chair of the SDG 4 High-Level Steering Committee
3. Youth Segment: The imperative for education transformation
• The rights of women and girls – Joint call to action
• Ms Vanessa Nakate, Climate Justice activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
• Ms Yelizaveta Posivnych, Student, Saint George Academy, New York
• Ms Somaya Faruqi, Activist and former Captain of the Afghan Girls Robotics Team
• Ms Malala Yousafzai, 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, UN Messenger of Peace and co-founder, Malala Fund
• Spoken word introduction of the Youth Declaration on Transforming Education
• Mr Ulises Brengi, SDG4 Youth Network
• Ms Karimot Odebode, Poet from Nigeria