Global Citizenship Education aims to empower learners of all ages to assume active roles, both locally and globally, in building more peaceful, tolerant, inclusive, secure and sustainable societies. SDG 4.7 envisions for all learners to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development by 2030, inter alia through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship, and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.
What has happened?
The Ban Ki-moon Centre is a key member of Mission 4.7 which is an initiative that seeks to mobilize global expertise to support governments and other major policy stakeholders in the implementation of the UNESCO ESD for 2030 Roadmap, the UNESCO Greening Education Partnership, as well as other UNESCO workstreams on SDG 4.7. In addition to advocating for the achievement of SDG 4.7 at global, national, and local levels, Mission 4.7 also aims to curate and create relevant educational resources and curricula, push countries for greater investments in quality education, and identify ways to train and support educators around the world.
As Co-chair Ban Ki-moon is an Ambassador of the Model United Nations (MUN) of the GEMS World Academy, the BKMC holds close connections with the GEMS Education. GEMS World Academy Dubai, founded in 2008 as a member of the GEMS Education network of schools, has gone from strength to strength and now welcomes more than 1,500 students from 85 countries every day.
The Global Engagement & Empowerment Forum on Sustainable Development (GEEF), co-hosted by the Institute for Global Engagement & Empowerment (IGEE) and the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, is an annual international event where various stakeholders, including global leaders, experts, and youth, convene to collaborate towards accomplishing the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Transformative Education Summit
The year 2022 was a milestone for transforming education with the Transforming Education Summit at the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York. Before the Summit Co-chair Ban Ki-moon had held talks with UNESCO DG Audrey Azoulay, on the importance of GCED in the midst of the global education challenges. Subsequently the Ban Ki-moon Centre hosted three session as part of the Transforming Education Summit.
UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It contributes to peace and security by promoting international cooperation in education, sciences, culture, communication and information. UNESCO promotes knowledge sharing and the free flow of ideas to accelerate mutual understanding and a more perfect knowledge of each other’s lives. UNESCO’s programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in the 2030 Agenda, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015.
The Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) mobilizes the scientific expertise of the Earth Institute to create solutions for the challenges of sustainable development. We advise governments, companies, and implementing partners around the world on sustainable development policy and best practices. CSD combines cutting edge research, technology, and best practices to translate the Sustainable Development Goals into meaningful policies and solutions. Our research scientists and technical specialists have expertise in many areas, including health, education, economic development, and the environment.
SDSN promotes integrated approaches to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, through education, research, policy analysis, and global cooperation.
The SDG Academy is the flagship education platform of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a global initiative for the United Nations.
Global Schools is an initiative of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a global research and policy network launched by the UN Secretary-General to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.