The SDGs are an international and inclusive framework for solving the biggest challenges of our time. Global Citizenship Education (GCED) plays a key role in preparing the younger generation and giving them the necessary tools to build a sustainable future in which humanity and the environment can both thrive. To support this, the BKMC secretariat in Vienna offers interactive workshops on global citizenship and the SDGs throughout the year.
During these workshops, the BKMC shares its expertise on global citizenship and the SDGs as well as up to date information gathered from various international conferences on GCED. The workshops offer a space for the participants to share their insights on how global citizenship relates to their lives and they are encouraged to come up with ideas for how they can act effectively for the realization of the SDGs. In 2019, 100 children and young adults ranging from ages 12 to 30 were able to benefit from this educational format.
The Global School for Social Leaders
The Global School for Social Leaders (former Latinomics), brought 13 social entrepreneurs and change-makers from Latin America to the Ban Ki-moon Centre on August 8th, 2019. The group consisted of individuals from across the region, including Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, Columbia, Argentina, and Honduras who came to discuss global citizenship and SDGs.
The club’s President and CEO Marat Shafigullin visited the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens on January 21st, 2018. BKMC CEO Monika Froehler and Associate Julia Zimmerman briefed the students on the Centre’s work and mission. Specializing in politics and economics, the students showed interest in how to advance the SDGs as global citizens.
BKMC CEO Monika Froehler briefed the group on the Centre’s mission, work and discussed SDG implementation and where it can be improved. Coming from different countries such as Russia, Mexico, Iran, Egypt, Austria, the US, etc., the young leaders pointed out a number of challenges such as the lack of education provided on the SDGs, issues with national and regional strategies for implementation, and the lack of awareness with regards to global citizenship and global issues such as climate change.