Side Event on “The Right to education: key to the MDGs”
On 6 July 2011 the Permanent Mission of Uruguay to the United Nations in Geneva and the NGO Platform on the Right to Education, of which IIMA and VIDES International are members, organized a parallel event on “The Right to education: key to the MDGs, at Palais des Nations, in Geneva. The meeting organized in collaboration with the Permanent Missions of Portugal and Morocco, was moderated by H.E. Mr. Gert Rosenthal, Ambassador of Guatemala to the United Nations in New York.
H.E. Ms. Laura Dupuy Lasserre, President of the Human Rights Council and Ambassador of Uruguay, presented the Uruguayan experience in guaranteeing the right to education in the country. She affirmed that the education is a driver to the right to development worldwide, because it is a key instrument that impacts on poverty, equity, environment, etc. According to her, the access to education creates new opportunities for children who can benefit from all other rights as work, life, health, food, housing, liberty, security of the person, etc. A quality education has a positive impact not only on children but also on their families and in general, on their communities.
Other participants took the floor to express their satisfaction for the side event and the precious contributions provided by the distinguished panellists. Many of them stressed the link between the right to education and the right to development recognizing the necessity of the full commitment from all concerned actors.