Gordon Brown: A Keynote Address
We were delighted and honoured to welcome Rt Hon Gordon Brown to RISING 15. Mr Brown is the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and his keynote address focused on global education in times of conflict.
There are 40 wars happening in the world today, 60 million people are displaced through conflict, 30 million of these are children. Mr Brown spoke passionately about the impact of conflict on children and young people and said more must be done to defend their rights. Children are being used as soldiers, girls are being forced into marriage and trafficked as sex slaves, schools are being turned from places of sanctuary into military bases.
There are four million refugees from Syria, he said, and two million of these are children whose basic rights to home, shelter and education are being denied. Mr Brown proposed a humanitarian fund for education in emergencies; the Education Cannot Wait fund has since been launched at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in June 2016.