The Ban Ki-Moon Centre with the support of board member and former Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova, works closely with UNESCO on GCED (Global Citizenship Education) tackling Sustainable Development Goal knowledge, global citizenship values and 21st century skills.
The Co-Chairs and the Ban Ki-Moon Centre regularly lecture at universities, contribute to online classes, engage with numerous schools and other pedagogical institutions to raise awareness about the importance of the SDGs, the Paris Climate Agreement, human rights, justice and peace. Both Ban Ki-moon and Heinz Fischer have received numerous Honorary Doctorates and continue to champion education as the route to a sustainable and peaceful future.
The initiative, Mission 4.7 led by the Ban Ki-moon Centre, UNESCO, the SDSN, and the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) at Columbia University, brings together leaders from across the world to highlight the critical importance of quality education for all and of education for sustainable development.
The overall goal of this program is to integrate the sustainable development goals and the 2030 Agenda into Viennese curricula. The cooperation between the BKMC and Bildungsdirektion Wien aims to promote and advance the SDGs education in secondary schools in Vienna.
The overall goal of this program is to empower young, active global citizens who are engaged in the SDGs and may otherwise not have access to valuable educational opportunities and the chance to discuss their ideas with international decision-makers and peers from around the world. The Ban Ki-moon Centre has sponsored Global Citizen Scholars to attend the European Forum Alpbach in Tyrol, Austria and is currently expanding its cooperation network to other large international events.
The Ban Ki-moon Centre works closely with the Regional Academy of the United Nations (RAUN), an international and multi-disciplinary program that provides a forum for youth to discuss issues related to the UN and international affairs. In 2019, the Centre mentored three young researchers who produced a research paper on best practices of sustainable community projects in light of SDG 11. The 2020 RAUN program centers all-around “Partnerships and Cooperation for the Future: 75 Years of UN Action”.
Our online courses are co-developed with UNESCO APCEIU and are publicly accessible on the GCED Online Campus. The courses are completely free and self-paced, aiming to reach people across the globe interested in global citizenship and gender equality. We encourage every individual to take actions to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as global citizens.
The Centre works extensively with UNESCO to support SDG 4 and particularly Global Citizenship Education (GCED). Together with UNESCO´s GCED department, and field experts from around the world, the centre explores how activism can be incorporated into teaching and learning, particularly in Global Citizenship Education.
Offering interactive workshops on global citizenship and the SDGs at the BKMC secretariat in Vienna throughout the year, we were able to pass on the valuable teachings from international conferences on GCED to various change-makers of the future. The workshops offer a space for the participants to share their insights on how global citizenship relates to their lives.