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UNHCR formally opens campaign to raise US$220 million for education


The UN refugee agency has used the annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) summit to formally launch a campaign to raise US$220 million to help children of conflict.

Speaking at a press conference in New York on Wednesday, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres called the initiative “a means of ensuring that vulnerable children are fully able to realise their right to an education.”

The relaunched ninemillion campaign, through an Education (Plus) programme, aims to raise US$220 million by 2010 to allow 9 million refugee and vulnerable children to get an education.

Ninemillion brings together UNHCR and private sector partners Nike, Microsoft, Manpower, the advertising group WPP, and GSMA, an association of mobile phone operators and equipment suppliers.