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ACEI is an international education association with Consultative Status at the United Nations and membership in the NGO Committee on UNICEF.
ACEI UN representatives attend annual UN Department of Public Information (DPI) conferences, participate in Working Groups affiliated with the NGO Committee on UNICEF, and attend annual conferences sponsored by the Committee on Teaching About the United Nations (CTAUN). Additionally, ACEI representatives attend educational events at UN Headquarters in New York, U.S.A., and in Geneva, Switzerland.

ACEI supports the ratification of treaties that support the education and well-being of children,
including the:

The Human Right to Education


Featured United Nations Education and Development Programs

Global Education First

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon launched the Global Education First Initiative. In September 2012 to "put education on top of the development agenda" by targeting three priorities: promoting better equity in access to education, improving the quality of learning, and promoting global citizenship. Describing education as "the basic building block for healthy societies," the Secretary-General has placed it at the top of his agenda for the remainder of his term in office. He has called on all governments to also give education a high priority in their legislative and budget processes, and has enlisted help from the private sector in support of these efforts.

Journeys to School

In a related program, the photo exhibit "Journeys to School" opened at the New York UN Headquarters on 4 March 2013. The photos on display illustrate different challenges faced by children and adolescents around the world as they travel to school and exercise their right to education. Some students must walk through dangerous areas, some reach school by boat, and some have to deal with a disability. One of the photos shows a student from the Bronx High School of Science in New York City, who has to travel by bus for over two hours each way. She says her education is well worth the inconvenience and adds, "I don't think my transportation is that difficult compared to children living in conflict zones." The exhibit serves to show the resilience of children and their parents, and the value of education as a powerful transformative force.

The World We Want

In 2000, all Member States of the United Nations agreed to work toward improving the lives of the world's most disadvantaged. They agreed to a set of clearly defined and measurable goals, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), to be reached by the year 2015. While some of the goals have already been reached and some will be reached by 2015, others will remain important targets and results will vary in different areas around the world. Still, there is consensus that a measurable and time-bound development framework is helpful, and so the Secretary-General appointed a panel of experts to develop a new global framework to replace the MDGs when they expire in 2015. In order to address the needs of as broad a segment as possible, input is sought from all people in all countries to help shape the new framework. The World We Want initiative, co-led by the UN and civil society, provides a politically recognized mechanism for millions of people to get involved in shaping the next set of development goals, based on the priorities of people closest to the problems. You can find out more about the Consultation at www.worldwewant2015.org/sitemap.

United Nations High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The United Nations High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda was created to advise on the global development framework beyond 2015. Comprised of 27 members, the Panel is part of the Secretary-General’s post-2015 initiative mandated by the 2010 MDG Summit, which calls for open, inclusive consultations involving civil society, the private sector, academia, and research insti¬tutions from all regions, in addition to the UN system.

United Nations Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform

In June 2012, Member States and the international community came together in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development – or Rio+20. It is considered one of the largest conferences in the history of the United Nations. A political outcome document which contained clear and practical measures for implementing sustainable development was released as a result of the meeting. The online United Nations Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform is administered by the U.N. Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) and is an initiative that fulfills one of DSD’s core functions of knowledge management, communications, and outreach. The platform provides wide access to information and knowledge on sustainable development.