UN adopts literacy resolution sponsored by Mongolia

2018-11-12 12:08:38

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The ‘Literacy for life: shaping future agendas’ resolution introduced by Mongolia was adopted at the Third Committee meeting of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 73) on November 6.

According to the UNESCO survey for the UNGA 73, about 750 million adults around the world, most of whom are women, are illiterate, 617 million children and adolescents do not have access to education and 262 million children, adolescents globally are out of school.

With the adoption of the resolution, the UN General Assembly recognized the “catalytic effect” of the United Nations Literacy Decade (2003–2012) as “a global framework for sustained and focused efforts for the promotion of literacy and literate environments”. The resolution calls upon governments to “scale up literacy programmes for children, youth and adults, including older persons” to “foster innovative delivery of literacy services, including through technology and a strengthened institutional network”

The resolution on literacy initiated by Mongolia was supported by the Members States and 100 countries have joined the initiative as co-sponsors.

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