Ban Ki-Moon speaks with Malala

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The Secretary-General speaks with a recovering Malala Yusafzai

As he kicked off the campaign "MDG Momentum – 1,000 Days of Action" in Spain, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon highlighted the Millennium Development Goal of education by speaking to Malala Yousufzai.

Malala is the young Pakistani teenager who in October 2012 was shot in the head and neck for opposing Pakistani Taliban restrictions on female education in the Swat area of Pakistan.

Immediately following the attack, Malala was unconscious and in critical condition. But her condition gradually improved through rehabilitation in the United Kingdom.

On Friday, in a Skype conversation with the Secretary-General, she thanked him and the international community for their support.

SG: “It's a great pleasure to see you in good health now!

Malala: Yes, I am in good health and it's because all of the people all around the world, especially you, you have all prayed for my life and you can see I can move my arms, I can talk, I can even walk. I can do anything!”

In addition to education, the Millennium Development Goals target for action poverty and hunger, gender equality, child mortality, maternal health, combating AIDS, malaria and other diseases, environmental sustainability and a global partnership for development.

Gerry Adams, United Nations

Duration: 1’26″

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