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By Jaya Ramachandran
NEW YORK (IDN) - Education for Global Citizenship and Sustainable Development (EGCSD) is far from having become a buzzword. In fact, beyond the domain of experts, the concept has yet to gain currency. Though, while explaining it, even those well versed in the theme do not find it easy to drive home the message.
“As technology advances and governance is increasingly conducted beyond the parameters of the nation-state, the concept of global citizenship remains mysteriously absent. What does the term mean in historical terms and what practices might help its evolution into a coherent and democratic political practice?” asked Ron Israel, co-founder of The Global Citizens' Initiative (TGCI), in a recent article. [P] ARABIC | GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN | PERSIAN | SWEDISH
- Globalisation is an integral feature of modernity. It already has significantly advanced to transform local experiences into global ones, to unify the disparate villages of the world into a global community, and to integrate national economies into an international economy.
By Kartikeya V. Sarabhai*
AHMEDABAD, India (IPS) - Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) brings together concerns about the environment, economic development and social aspects. Since 1972, when the first U.N. Conference on the Human Environment was held in Stockholm, Sweden, there has been increasing awareness of the intricate link between conserving the environment and human development.
The fact that our lifestyles and the way we have developed have a major impact on the environment was known earlier. Rachel Carson’s book, Silent Spring, in 1962, had been an eye-opener, especially in the United States where it was published. [P] GERMAN | ITALIAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | PORTUGUESE | SPANISH
By Jaya Ramachandran
NEW YORK (IDN) - When United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the Global Education First Initiative in September 2012, “fostering global citizenship” was one of his three priorities, along with “putting every child in school” and “improving the quality of learning”.
Ban said: “Education is much more than an entry to the job market. It has the power to shape a sustainable future and better world. Education policies should promote peace, mutual respect and environmental care.”
As the international community moves toward adopting the post-2015 development agenda, popularly known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the need for education for global citizenship is becoming increasingly important. [P] ARABIC TEXT VERSION PDF | GERMAN | HINDI | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN | PERSIAN | PORTUGUESE | SWEDISH | URDU TEXT VERSION PDF
- As politics, economies, conflicts and cultures become increasingly intertwined, will individual identities also begin to transcend national boundaries?
The elusive nature of “global citizenship” was noted by Sri Lanka’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Dr. Palitha Kohona, at an IPS Forum on Global Citizenship on Nov. 18 at the Sri Lankan Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. [P] ARABIC | INDONESIAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | SWEDISH | TURKISH
“I think Voltaire said something that applies to my perception. He said, I should be ready to die for what I believe, but I should not be ready to kill for what I believe. So, when you look at fundamentalism, that’s one of the problems, when you look just at the basic violence in society in the pursuit of individual interests, that’s one of the problems. When you’re looking at the world divided into pieces and somebody tries to take control of someone else, then there is another conflict and you’ve war.” – Professor Carlos Alberto Torres. [P] ARABIC | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | SPANISH
By Monzurul Huq*
NAGOYA, Japan (IDN) - The concept of global citizenship is one of the new ideas that the United Nations is actively promoting in recent years. In today’s interconnected world challenges we face need solutions based on new thinking transcending national boundaries and ideas whose outreach stretches beyond conventional understanding of identities based on nationality. [P] ARABIC TEXT VERSION PDF | CHINESE TEXT VERSION PDF | ITALIAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | KOREAN TEXT VERSION PDF | SPANISH | TURKISH
By Diana Mendoza
MANILA (IPS) - People covered their bodies with mud to protest against government ineptitude and abandonment; others lighted paper lanterns and candles and released white doves and balloons to remember the dead, offer thanks and pray for more strength to move on; while many trooped to a vast grave site with white crosses to lay flowers for those who died, and to cry one more time. [P] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | SPANISH | SWEDISH
By Kalinga Seneviratne*
KUALA LUMPUR (IDN) – Excessive commercialization of children’s media, especially television, is obstructing efforts aimed at education and capacity building for global citizenship and raising awareness among children of the diversity of the world, according to experts. [P] GERMAN | HINDI | ITALIAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | KOREAN TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN | SPANISH | TURKISH
By Ravi Kanth Devarakonda
GENEVA, (IPS) - Amid escalating conflicts and rampant violations of human rights all over the world, spreading “human rights education” is not an easy task. But a non-governmental organisation from Japan is beginning to make an impact through its “global citizenship education” approach. [P] GERMAN | INDONESIAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF
By Joel Jaeger
- If a Silicon Valley existed for the culture of peace, it would most likely look to global citizenship as the next big industry shake-up.
“Global citizenship, or oneness of humanity [is] the essential element of the culture of peace,” Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury, former under-secretary general and high representative of the U.N., told IPS on the sidelines of the General Assembly’s High-Level Forum on the Culture of Peace on Sep. 10. [P] ITALIAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF