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The Role of Global Citizenship Education in the 2030 Agenda and Beyond
26 Apr 2018 -  The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) reflect the global community’s aspirations to build a more peaceful and sustainable future, and its determination to take bold steps that are urgently needed to shift the world towards a sustainable and resilient path. Around the world, however, increasingly complex and protracted crises are affecting humanity, especially with the rise of violent extremism.

Consequently, the need for the benefits of Global Citizenship Education (GCED) is ever greater. Situated within the SDG Goal 4–Target 4.7, GCED has a crucial role in fostering peaceful, just and inclusive societies. GCED aims to empower learners to engage and assume active roles locally, nationally and globally, to face and resolve global challenges and ultimately to become proactive contributors to a more just, peaceful, tolerant, inclusive, secure and sustainable world. It builds on peace and human rights education and emphasizes the need to foster the knowledge, skills, values, attitudes and behaviors that allow individuals to experience a sense of belonging to the global community and to take informed decisions. GCED is a key element of Target 4.7 of SDG 4.

In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, this seminar aims to shed new light on GCED in line with United Nations activities and concerns by exploring relevant concepts and methodologies already applied in other areas, including human rights, peace, security and development; and to explore opportunities for GCED to enhance and advance progress toward realizing sustainable development through discussion among different stakeholders.

Building on the discussion during the 2016 United Nations GCED seminar focusing on “Global Citizenship Education: An emerging agenda for peace and preventing violent extremism and promoting sustainable development and human dignity” , the connection between GCED and human rights will also be explored. This includes efforts to develop tools and spaces for practitioners, and efforts to bring stakeholders in discussion on mainstreaming and political leadership by highlighting best practices, and promoting commitment and leadership towards the implementation of GCED.
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