Global Citizenship Education Conference at UCLA on February 8, 2016


On February 8th 2016, UNESCO Chair in Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) started its 1st Anniversary celebration on the UCLA Campus. The event was scheduled on two consecutive days with the participation of numerous respected professors from high-ranking universities. Professor Carlos Alberto Torres, Chair of UNESCO Chair in Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education, UCLA, led the conference.

During four sessions, delegates discussed the operation of Global Citizenship Education (GCE) during 2017, and developed plans for GCE in 2017.

The opening session included the Keynote Lecture from Dr. Dan Wagner, UNESCO Chair in Learning and Literacy and Professor of Education, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Wagner’s lecture was entitled “Learning at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Implications for a Sustainable World”.

Also on the first day of the conference, the Editorial Board of the Global Commons Review met about official establishment of the Global Commons Review in 2017.

On the second day of the event, GCE Leaders and delegates joined together in two meetings regarding GCE research design and partnership for 2017. At the end of the events, GCE Leaders made important conclusions about the GCE 2017 operational plan.

The UNESCO Chair in Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education, and visiting scholars, highly acclaimed Mr. Nguyan Anh Tuan’s initiative of annually celebrating World Reconciliation Day on September 9th. An additional connected event will be a Reconciliation Concert with the participation of universities, theaters and orchestras. These annual events will become UNESCO Chair and Boston Global Forum initiatives.

All participants also agreed on the alternation of celebrating Global Cybersecurity Day between Harvard and UCLA on December 12th annually. This year, the event will be hosted at Loeb House, Harvard. In 2018, the event will be held at UCLA.

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