economic inclusion

Putting SDG 4 Back on Track After COVID-19: The Essential Role of Multilingualism in Education

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Even before COVID-19, alarms were sounded that progress on SDG 4 was too slow and that the achievement of its targets by 2030 was in jeopardy. Linguistic inequality in access to education has been a key factor. The 2016 Global Education Monitoring Report showed that 40% of the global population was not accessing education in a language they understand. The onset of the pandemic exacerbated such inequalities as over 1.6 billion learners experienced school closures, cutting them off from language and literacy learning opportunities. Moreover, the digital divide prevented vulnerable populations, especially in least developed countries, from accessing online education, including resources for language development. In order to achieve inclusive and equitable education for linguistically diverse student populations, multilingualism must be foregrounded in post-pandemic educational planning.

Accordingly, this side event focuses on recommendations for the role of languages in education put forth in Reimagining Our Futures Together: A New Social Contract for Education, the UNESCO report on the Futures of Education initiative. Specifically, it brings together leading experts in the field of language education from diverse global contexts who address what it means in practice to take a multilingual perspective on the targets of SDG 4. Drawing upon empirical research and documented best practices, they demonstrate how schools can cultivate multilingual resources, including mother tongues, major world languages, national and regional languages, Indigenous languages, and international languages like Esperanto to achieve inclusive and equitable education that empowers students as global citizens prepared for participation in social, economic, and political life.

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CoNGO Notes: The NGO Committee on Language and Languages is a Substantive Committee of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations – for more information, please email the co-chairs at tonkin@hartford.edu or fmhult@umbc.edu. Likewise, for more information on the NGO Committee on Social Development, please visit ngosocdev.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Education, Learning, and Literacy, please visit facebook.com/NGOCELLatUN

Building Back Fairer: Equality in a Post-COVID World

Dear colleagues,

OHCHR is co-organizing a high level event on inequalities titled “Building Back Fairer: Equality in a Post-COVID World” on Thursday 8 July 2021, 1.15-2.45pm (NY time), during the 2021 High Level Political Forum’s review of SDG 10 (reducing inequalities within and among countries).  This will feature a panel of expert speakers, including Winnie Byanyima, Jayati Ghosh, Max Lawson and Isabel Ortiz, with Ignacio Saiz serving as the moderator. Experts will examine the threats posed to our societies and our human rights by the current crisis and discuss how this could be a critical inflection point for creating more equal, inclusive and sustainable economies and societies.  It promises to be a dynamic discussion on the ‘tectonic shifts’ needed to ‘build back fairer’ in the post-COVID era.  The purpose of the event is also to raise the visibility of the issue of inequalities at the UN (during the review of SDG 10 at the HLPF) and to strengthen coordination of our response through the UN’s interagency Inequalities Task Team which OHCHR co-leads with UN Women.

Please register for the event here, or watch on Facebook live here

Best regards,

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), New York Office

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Human Rights, please email the co-chairs at bobbinassar@gmail.com or bknotts@uua.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-NY, please visit ngocsw.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Geneva, please visit ngocsw-geneva.ch. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Vienna, please visit ngocswvienna.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Social Development, please visit ngosocdev.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, please visit facebook.com/NGOCoRIP.