Education 'divisive' in the world, regrets the head of the UN

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Education “is causing great division” in the world, regrets the head of the UN

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called for investing in education to fight inequality.

The failures of the school contribute to the divisions of the international community, worried Monday the secretary general of the UN during a summit on education which opens a week of high-level diplomacy in a world in crisis.

Education is going through a deep crisis. Instead of bringing us closer, education is becoming a source of great division, said Antonio Guterres, calling on governments to invest in education systems that today often deepen inequalities instead of creating them. reduce.

Some 90 heads of state and government had initially confirmed their attendance at the summit ahead of the high-level week of the annual UN General Assembly.

But after Elizabeth II died on September 8, many of them were in London on Monday for the Queen's funeral. About fifty leaders were still present in New York on Monday for this summit on education, according to the organizers.

The UN Secretary General took this opportunity to appeal to the Taliban who regained power in Afghanistan in August 2021.

Immediately lift all restrictions that impede the girls' access to secondary education, he said.

“Girls'education is one of the best ways to ensure peace, security and sustainable development , all over the world.

—Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations

The Taliban are slowly erasing our existence from society, added young Afghan Somaya Faruqi, who was part of a group of female robotics students evacuated from Afghanistan a year ago.

You must not forget those who are left behind, who do not have the chance to go to school, she said from the podium .

Beyond education, Antonio Guterres again called for unity in the face of the multiple crises the world faces, from global warming to the COVID-19 pandemic, without forgetting conflicts.

If we are united, humanity will overcome all perils. Let's get to work. Let's get our world back on track, he insisted, as this General Assembly risks exposing deep divisions in the international community.

From Tuesday, some 150 leaders will march to the rostrum of the General Assembly.

After two years of at least partly virtual meetings, this year is the return to in-person speeches, with the exception of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, to whom member states gave special permission to send a video message, despite opposition from Russia.

The invasion of Ukraine by Russia and its consequences in particular on world food security will be at the heart of this high-level week, with in particular a Security Council on Thursday at the level of Foreign Ministers.

French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna, who will chair the meeting, met her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Monday, with whom she discussed the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant occupied by the military. Russian army.

Time is running out to establish a safe zone around the plant which suffered damage in the bombings, she told a press conference.

The Iranian nuclear issue also has its place at the top of the agenda, while President Ebrahim Raïsi will be present for the first time at a General Assembly.

In an interview broadcast on Sunday on the American channel CBS, he claimed guarantees from the United States. We cannot trust Americans because of their past behavior, he insisted, referring to Donald Trump's denunciation of the 2015 deal to ensure the civilian character of Iran's nuclear program. /p>

But the Biden administration stresses that it is impossible to commit to the actions of a future president.

There will be no better offer for Iran, assured Catherine Colonna, not ruling out the possibility that President Emmanuel Macron will meet his Iranian counterpart in New York.< /p>

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