THE RESOLUTION, CALLED FOR BY HER HIGHNESS SHEIKHA MOZA BINT NASSER, CHAIRPERSON OF EDUCATION ABOVE ALL AND UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS ADVOCATE, AND SPEARHEADED BY THE STATE OF QATAR, AIMS TO GARNER GLOBAL ADVOCACY TO ENSURE ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THE CONTINUED, DELIBERATE ATTACKS ON EDUCATION AND THE PREVALENT ARMED VIOLENCE EXPERIENCED BY CHILDREN WORLDWIDE.
Approved by consensus, the resolution, presented the State of Qatar, and co-sponsored by fifty-seven Member States, aims to raise awareness to the plight children affected by armed conflict, who are in the most desperate need of educational support. The international day provides an annual platform where the international community can review progress, new data and make commitments towards effective mechanisms to end impunity for those who attack schools.
September 9, 2020, will mark the first instance of the International Day to Protect Education from Attack with UNICEF and UNESCO facilitating the annual observance of the Day in close collaboration with its partners within and outside of the UN system. Working on the frontlines in conflict-affected countries, the UN entities have long assisted in strengthening Member States’ capacities to provide access to quality educational opportunities for all in times of crisis.