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With Malala Yousafzai by his side, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today (18 Aug) marked 500 days of action until the deadline to reach the Millennium Development Goals, known worldwide as the “MDGs.”

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DATELINE: 18 AUGUST 2014, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

18 AUGUST 2014, NEW YORK CITY

2. Med shot, Malala Yousafzai
3. Wide shot, Malala Yousafzai shaking hands with young participants to the event on the Millennium Development Goals
4. Med shot, Malala Yousuf with her father, Ziauddin; mother, Toor Pekai and brother Atal khan.
5. Close-up SHOT, book ‘Building a Better Future for All.’
6. Wide shot, Trusteeship Council Chamber
7. Med shot, Amy Robach, moderator, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Malala Yousafzai.
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General:
“You have a prerogative and a legitimate right to raise your voice to your teachers, to your parents, to your Senators and Congressmen, and President, and Prime Ministers and Ministers. If they do not listen to you, then to whom should they listen?”
9. Wide shot, audience
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General:
“The more than half of our global population are women. Then, it is only natural that, if not more, at least equal opportunity should be given to women and girls, particularly to young girls”.
11. Wide shot, Amy Robach, moderator, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Malala Yousafzai.
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani student:
“So I think this is education that can let women know, that can let girls know that, yes, they are as equal as boys are. And they are human beings. They are human beings. This is what they really need to know. And I think this can be done through education when education is made a top priority.”
13. Wide shot, General Assembly President, John Ashe, Permanent Representative of Pakistan, Masood Khan, Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson
14. Malala Yousafzai’s parents: Toor Pekai, mother and Ziauddin, father
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani student:
“If the developing countries, if they want to succeed, if they want to become like the so-called developed countries, then they need to invest in education. The do not need any kind of weapons, or militia; they do not need money in any other field. I think if these countries start focusing on education, on building schools on providing quality education – not just sending children to schools and to empty buildings –, but to provide them quality education, good, well-qualified teachers, and as well as all the facilities children would need – like laboratories, libraries, computer labs – all these things are very important for children.
16. Wide shot, Trusteeship Council Chamber.

STORYLINE:

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, alongside with Pakistani student and education advocate Malala Yousafzai, marked 500 days of action until the deadline to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The UN Chief encouraged today (18 Aug) the 500 young attendants – one for each day remaining to reach the deadline to achieve the MDGS – to the event to become leaders and to stand up to make a difference.

“You have a prerogative and a legitimate right to raise your voice to your teachers, to your parents, to your Senators and Congressmen, and President, and Prime Ministers and Ministers. If they do not listen to you, then to whom should they listen?”

Turning to female education and women empowerment, Ban pointed out that among the most “unutilized” human resources is “women power.” He recalled that
“more than half of our global population are women” and noted that “it is only natural that, if not more, at least equal opportunity should be given to women and girls, particularly to young girls.”

He emphasizes the “moral responsibility” of the international community to cultivate the potential of girls and boys as a way to invest in the future.

Ban noted that the MDGs – agreed by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000 – have helped unite, inspire and transform. He underscored that poverty has been cut in half, that more girls are attending school worldwide, especially in developing countries, and fewer people are dying from malaria, tuberculosis and other deadly diseases.
The eight MDGs have become a 15-year road map to fight poverty, hunger and disease, protect the environment, expand education and basic health and to achieve gender equality.

Yousafzai, the Pakistani student who was shot in the head by the Taliban on board of a school bus in October 2012, pointed out the importance of education as a tool to empower women.

“I think this is education that can let women know, that can let girls know that, yes, they are as equal as boys are.”

She noted that gender parity can be achieved if education is made a “top priority.”

Yousafzai underscored the importance of education worldwide, especially in developing countries.

“If they [developing countries] want to succeed, if they want to become like the so-called developed countries, then they need to invest in education.”

The Pakistani student encouraged governments of poorer countries to invest in building schools and in providing “quality education – not just sending children to schools and to empty buildings.” She highlighted the importance of having “good, well-qualified teachers” as well as equipping schools with laboratories, libraries, computer labs and “facilities children would need.”

Yousafzai has become a renowned education advocate through her campaigns to fight illiteracy, poverty and terrorism.
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