Report back Meeting: UNESCO's work in Global Citizenship Education

When :

from Monday 17 March, 2014
to Monday 17 March, 2014

Type of event :

Internal meeting

Where :

UNESCO HQ, Paris, France

Contact :

Division of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development will present a short report back meeting for UNESCO staff on the Education Sector’s work in the area of global citizenship education, especially the outcomes of the Technical Consultation on GCE held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, in September 2013 and of the UNESCO Forum on GCE held in Bangkok, Thailand, in December 2013.

It will be webcasted for colleagues in the field and institutions.
Global citizenship education (GCE) has been identified as one of the three priorities of the UN Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative (GEFI) launched in September 2012, and is being proposed as one of the strategic objectives within UNESCO’s Education Programme short and mid-term planning frameworks. Aspects of GCE have already been addressed by some educational systems, and supported by various development partners. Within UNESCO, some elements have been supported through existing programmes, including education for peace, human rights and sustainable development as well as health education and the Organization’s work on youth engagement. However, there is a need for greater clarification of what is meant by GCE, elaborating the necessary principles and characteristics for it to be effective, identifying more specifically how it can be introduced within educational systems in order to fulfil its perceived potential.

Building on the outcomes from a Technical Consultation held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, in September 2013, the Education Sector organized, through a joint collaboration of the Division of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development at Hqs, the UNESCO Regional Office in Bangkok, the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) in New Delhi, and Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCIEU) in Seoul, its first international forum on global citizenship education in Bangkok, from 2 to 4 December, 2013. About 140 participants came from all five regions, including government, CSO, youth, academia, UN and IGO representatives; and discussed and debated on a variety of related issues as well as the way forward.