Who We Are

The Office of the UN Special Envoy for Global Education is tasked with delivering on the world’s promise to ensure that no child is denied the right to go to school and learn. The office oversees a strategy to ensure that the world keeps its promise to the world’s children and youth.

Working with UN agencies, governments, teacher organizations, civil society, youth, business, academia and other partner organizations, we aim to generate sustained political will, financing and partnerships that can make education for all children and youth a reality.

Our strategy focuses on the countries and populations most at risk for limited access to education or learning opportunities.  We address cross-cutting barriers that hold back our collective progress. We mobilize constituencies on cross-cutting issues such as child labor, child marriage and disabilities.

We convene actors at the country and global level to accelerate progress on access and learning.  We meet with high-level government officials, particularly countries with the highest burden of children out of school, as well as donor countries, to promote key issues and mobilize support for education.

We work with partners to put education front and center on the public agenda. By participating in high-level global and regional conferences and meetings and taking the case for education to the public, we aim to make education for all children the rallying call of the global community.

We encourage business leaders to support global education. Through our work with other agencies and organizations, such as the Global Business Coalition for Education, we work to ensure that business sector is a strong advocate and champion of public education.

Our work is inspired by the following values:

  • Equality: No child should miss out on their birthright to education because of where they live, their gender, disability, background or family’s income.
  • Justice: The world’s failure to educate its children is a question of political will. Leaders must honor promises they have already made. We must see greater commitment from countries that can readily afford to ensure its population is in school and more support for those who need assistance.
  • Accountability: We intend to be judged by our results. No matter what the increases in awareness or financing, if we are unable to get 59 million children into school and learning, and tackled education opportunity at all levels, then we collectively will have failed. More than that, promise made by all members of the United Nations will not be kept. We made a promise and need to keep it.