The event was described by the United Nation as Malala Day, marking her 16th birthday – in Honor of her heroic stand to ensure education for all. The meeting, which featured nearly 1,000 youth leaders, was organized by former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, in his capacity as UN Special Envoy for Global Education, and Vuk Jeremic, President of the General Assembly.
The ninth-grade student was returning home in van from her school in Mingora in the north-western Swat Valley on October 9, 2012, when she was shot on her head by Taliban gunmen in response to her campaign against the destruction of girls schools in Pakistan. Malala was unconscious and fighting for her life when she was airlifted to Britain after undergoing surgery which removed bullets that pierced just above her left eye and ran along her jaw, grazing her brain. Malala recuperated fast after receiving specialist treatment at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
In the event at the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged stepped-up efforts to get 57 million youngsters into school in the next 900 days. He said it won´t be easy given the first decline in international aid for basic education in a decade and recent attacks on students and schools in Nigeria, Pakistan and elsewhere.