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Mo Ibrahim's keynote speech at ECOSOC

24 April, 2013

Speaking at the UN Headquarters in New York, following opening remarks from Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mo Ibrahim addressed a gathering of some of the most influential leaders from government, the private and non-profit sectors, and civil society to discuss how partnerships can propel innovation to new heights.

Mo Ibrahim spoke about the challenges well educated young Africans face on the continent’s job market: ’If you are an African young person, the more educated you are the more likely you are to not get a job.

Our education is not providing the skills for the job market. We need to rethink how our schools teach.’’ He also spoke about the importance of the business sector in development. He said that there must be a new push for data-driven, and innovation-led, answers to the challenges of development: “We must use science, data and innovation to drive development based on facts, and not speeches.”

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