High-level Virtual Event to Commemorate the International Day to Protect Education from Attack
The Virtual High-level Event will be held on 9 September 2021 to mark the second International Day to Protect Education from Attack, as per General Assembly Resolution A/74/275 of 28 May 2020, introduced by the State of Qatar. This landmark resolution reaffirms the right to education and its contribution to the achievement of peace and security. It depicts global consensus that all parties to conflict have responsibilities to protect and respect educational facilities and encourages efforts to promote safe and protective school environments in humanitarian emergencies.
The targeting of places of education continues to be a global woe. According to Education under Attack 2020, a report published by the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA), more than 22,000 students, teachers, and academics were injured, killed, or harmed in attacks on education during armed conflict or insecurity over the past five years. More than 11,000 separate attacks on education facilities, students and educators took place between 2015 and 2019. Similarly, the last year has seen a rise in attacks on education around the world, both inside and outside of situations of conflict. These attacks make it even more essential for Member States to take urgent measures to implement both Security Council and General Assembly resolutions and protect the provision of education in armed conflict.
The Virtual High-level Event will provide an opportunity to:
• Highlight the scale of the problem
• Raise awareness and increase mobilization to protect education from attack
• Discuss and develop effective measures to prevent and address attacks and threats against schools and students
• Reinforce mechanisms and increase efforts to investigate and ensure accountability for attacks on education.
Furthermore, there is a need to reinforce transparent mechanisms, including at the field level, to track, analyse, and publicly report on attacks on education and make practical recommendations to prevent attacks and enhance the respect and protection of education facilities, students and teachers. Timely, verifiable data and innovation are critical to
monitoring and vital to all aspects of protection of education from attack: to law, policy and accountability; grass roots mobilization; and to building peace and sustainable development.
The Virtual High-level Event will include a high-level panel discussion on Protecting and Building Sustainable Peace, to be followed by a panel discussion on Strategies and Solutions for the Future and a Technical Discussion.