Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education

Nicholas Hill
Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC
New York, New York
October 18, 2021


Thank you.

The United States is working diligently to ensure safe, quality, and inclusive teaching and learning for our children and youth, including during the COVID-19 pandemic, while also

protecting the health of students, their families, teachers, and staff.

The United States remains alarmed about a lack of protection for education spaces, particularly in cases of armed conflict. Targeting of schools, students, and educational personnel in contravention of applicable international law must be universally condemned and the perpetrators held accountable.

We must work to support the educational needs of the most marginalized among us. In this regard, the United States remains deeply concerned about the situation of women and girls in conflict and post-conflict situations, especially in Afghanistan.

We will continue to speak out for the human rights of women and girls in Afghanistan, including the importance of their access to government and educational institutions.

Question: How can the international community support the educational opportunities of women and girls in Afghanistan?