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White House Conference on Global Literacy hailed as great success

UNESCO is hailing White House Conference on Global Literacy on 18 September as a great success. The Conference was hosted in New York by Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States and Honorary Ambassador for the United Nations Literacy Decade. It was attended by President George Bush, U.S Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, First Ladies, First Spouses and decision-makers from around the world.
The conference was aimed at mobilizing governments into action to reduce the world’s adult illiteracy rates by half by 2015. According to UNESCO’s statistics, some 781 million people over the age of 15 can neither read nor write. Two thirds of these people are women. Another 100 million children are out-of-school, which means they are also deprived of literacy.

Remarks By The First Lady At The White House Conference On Global Literacy

Remarks By The President and Mrs. Bush At White House Conference On Global Literacy

Speech by Koïchiro Matsuura, UNESCO Director-General

White House Conference on Global Literacy
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Official Publication of the White House Conference on Global Literacy
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UNESCO Press release
White House Conference gives new momentum to global literacy drive, says UNESCO Director-General

Photo: © White House photo by Susan Sterner
Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States and Honorary Ambassador for the United Nations Literacy Decade, and Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO
Publication Date 19-09-2006 2:00 pm
Publication Date 19-09-2006 2:00 pm
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