Building Peaceful and Sustainable Societies—preparing for post-2015 is the title of the Second UNESCO Forum on Global Citizenship that will take place in Paris from 28 to 30 January at UNESCO Headquarters. The Forum will promote an approach to education that does not only focus on cognitive skills but imparts the values, attitudes and competencies needed to build a more peaceful, just and sustainable world.
Global Citizenship Education (GCED) aims to equip learners of all ages with those values, knowledge and skills that are based on human rights, social justice, diversity, gender equality and environmental sustainability. It aims to empower learners to be responsible global citizens. GCED gives learners the competencies and opportunity to realize their rights and obligations to promote a better world and future for all.
The Forum will be opened by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. Participants will include: Amira Yahyaoui, President of the Tunisian NGO Al-Bawsala; Gloria Mercedes Carrasco, Education Under-Secretary, District of Bogota (Colombia); Abe Radkin Director of the Aladdin Project for intercultural dialogue; Carlos Alberto Torres, Chair-holder, UNESCO Chair on Global learning and global citizenship education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); Patrice Brodeur, Director of King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue; Aarti Saihjee of the United Nations Girls Education Initiative (UNGEI) Secretariat; Susan Hopgood, President of Education International.