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ProLiteracy President and CEO Appointed to U.S. National Commission for UNESCO


ProLiteracy President and CEO Appointed to U.S. National Commission for UNESCO

United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has appointed ProLiteracy’s President and CEO David C. Harvey as a commissioner to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, a federal advisory committee at the Department of State that provides advice regarding the government’s activities as a member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Harvey joins a distinguished group of 100 Americans drawn from government organizations and civil society. Commissioners offer insights to the U.S. National Commission using their expert knowledge in specific subject areas. Harvey will serve a minimum of three years.

“Low adult literacy is a global problem,” said Harvey. “ProLiteracy has a network of partner programs in 30 countries around the world as well as more than 1,100 member organizations in the U.S. Therefore, participating in the UNESCO Commission gives us a great opportunity to advocate for adult learners on the world stage and give the issue the global prominence it merits.”

Harvey has also been appointed to the board of the Basic Education Coalition, a nonprofit organization committed to raising support for quality basic education as a key element in economic development and human well-being. ProLiteracy became a full member of the organization in April 2012. In April, Harvey was also appointed to the board of the World Affairs Council in Washington, D.C., a nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to expanding awareness among the American public and the international community of geo-political, business, and civil society issues around the world.  

"I am honored to be appointed to the UNESCO Commission and to the boards of the Basic Education Coalition and the World Affairs Council,” said Harvey. “I look forward to working with the dedicated State Department staff who support the Commission and the work of UNESCO, and with other international and U.S. organizations that support the work of the Basic Education Coalition and World Affairs Council."

Since joining ProLiteracy in 2007, Harvey has expanded the organization’s advocacy presence in Washington, D.C., and has created new foundation, corporate, and federal funding partnerships. Internationally, Harvey has represented ProLiteracy at the World Literacy Summit in Oxford, England and at UNESCO’s Sixth International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI) in Brazil. He also helped sponsor an adult literacy forum in South Africa.

For more information, please contact Amy Schmitz, director of communications, at or (315) 422-9121, ext 285.

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