Irina Bokova Appointed as Honorary Chair on Center for Global Education’s Council

NEW YORK, April 6, 2016 – The Center for Global Education (CGE) at Asia Society has appointed UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova as the honorary chair of its council. Launching this fall, CGE seeks to educate students worldwide for employability and citizenship in a global era.

We are honored that Ms. Bokova has accepted a role on CGE’s council as honorary chair,” said Asia Society Vice President of Education Tony Jackson. “Her strong commitment to providing access to high-quality global citizenship education for all students around the world will serve as a model for the council and will shape our strategic direction.”

The CGE council will meet annually and will be comprised of business, education, and nonprofit leaders from Asia and the United States who will advise Asia Society on CGE’s strategic direction. The council will also advise on areas such as raising awareness of CGE’s work and the importance of global education, developing strategic partnerships, and ensuring sustainability in CGE’s work. Leading up to CGE’s official launch, a series of convenings will be held around the world to discuss challenges and opportunities in global education.

Ms. Bokova, a dedicated advocate for global citizenship education, is the first woman and the first Eastern European to lead UNESCO. As Director-General, Ms. Bokova is actively engaged in international efforts to advance gender equality, quality education for all, and combat terrorist financing by preventing the illicit traffic of cultural goods. Ms. Bokova is also the Executive Secretary of the Steering Committee of the UN Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative (GEFI) and co-Vice-Chair of the Broadband Commission.

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