By Special Correspondent
UNITED NATIONS: Dropping bomb shell, the youngest Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai has said 20 million girls around the globe may not return to schools even after the Covid-19 crisis is over.
Her revelation stunned everyone at UN General Assembly where she spoke at a side event of the UN General Assembly on Friday afternoon.
“On education alone, 20 million more girls may never go back to the classroom when this crisis ends [and] the global education funding gap has already increased to 200 billion dollars per year,” she said.
Showing mirror to the higher authorities at International community malala lamented that little has been done regarding sustainable global goals, set by the UN five years ago, regarding education of millions of girls around the globe who wanted education.
“When will you commit the necessary funding to give every child 12 years of quality education? When will you priorities peace and protect refugees? When will you pass policies to cut carbon emissions?”
UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who also addressed this virtual event, underlined the need to “strike out for a world of dignity and opportunity for all on a healthy planet”.
“We must look beyond the current crisis and set our sights high…to show that transformation is possible and is happening right now”, he said.
The UN chief urged rich nations to address the immediate, medium and longer-term needs of developing countries and to support a UN debt service suspension initiative to at least the end of 2021.
He also stressed the need for transition to a more equitable and sustainable economy, ending fossil fuel subsidies and placing women at the centre of building back.
Speaking at the occasion, Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed noted that this transformation” was already “happening everywhere and must not leave anyone behind”.
The head of the UN Development Fund (UNDP), Achim Steiner warned that for the first time in 30 years, the march of progress in human development was expected to go sharply into reverse.
“Building people’s resilience against vulnerability, risk and deprivation, and helping them to get on their feet if they falter, defines social protection in the 21st century,” he said.
Munir Akram, president of the Economic and Social Council, said that the “global magnitude of the challenge we are facing” as a result of Covid-19, was “the greatest since the creation of the United Nations”.