Texas Tech Educator to Attend United Nations Meeting

Scholars from academic and other institutions have been invited by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs Committee of the United Nations to discuss “Partnering with the Philanthropic Community to Promote Education for All.”

Aretha Marbley, a professor in counselor education in Texas Tech University’s College of Education, has been invited by the president of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to join the U.N. group on Monday (Feb. 28) at its headquarters in New York.

“The College of Education is proud to have Dr. Marbley represent the college and Texas Tech University in United Nations’ discussions about partnering in order to promote access and education for our knowledge economy,” said Charles Ruch, interim dean of the college.

In an effort to explore collaborative opportunities in advancing the Millennium Development Goals for education, the event will feature discussions on innovative partnerships focused specifically on the themes of enabling access for girls and boys to complete primary education and to promote education and training for the knowledge economy, issues which are high on the agenda of the United Nations.

Participating as panelists will be leading CEOs, heads of foundations, high-level representatives of the United Nations system and leading non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, will open the meeting.

The outcome of the deliberations will be shared with all U.N. member states during the ECOSOC high-level session in July.

In attendance will be ambassadors and member states delegates, representatives of U.N. organizations, corporate contributions executives, as well as leaders of private foundations, international NGOs and academic institutions.

The event is jointly organized by the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UNICEF, UNESCO, the United Nations Office for Partnerships and the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy.

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