Second UNESCO Forum on Global Citizenship Education (GCED) Building Peaceful and Sustainable Societies: Preparing for Post-2015
Second UNESCO Forum on Global Citizenship Education (GCED) Building Peaceful and Sustainable Societies: Preparing for Post-2015 took place on January 28-30, 2015, in UNESCO Head-Quarter Paris. Global Citizenship Education (GCED) aims to equip learners of all ages with those values, knowledge and skills that are based on and instill respect for human rights, social justice, diversity, gender equality, and environmental sustainability and that empower leaners 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.
For measurement purposes and the development of educational goals, objetives and learning outcomes, UNESCO made a consultation with experts from around the world, where Javier Collado Ruano was invited as Director of Edition at Global Education Magazine. During the congress, Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova received the reward of Honorary Membership in Global Education Magazine for her life commitment in Education, Peace, Human Rights, and Sustainable Development.
At the international event, Javier Collado had the opportunity to let experts know about his work “Global Citizenship Education and Sustainable Development Goals: A Transdisciplinary and Biomimetic Perspective“, a research that seeks to integrate eco-ethics as a pedagogical practice in the implementation of the GCED: identifying the vital axises that constitute the interdependence of ecosystems to make a biomimetic application in social, political, and educational structures of human systems.
The Forum was opened by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. Highlights participants included: Amira Yahyaoui, President of the Tunisian NGO Al-Bawsala; Kim Se Yeon, Member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea; Tarald Brautaset, Special Education Evnoy of the Norwegian Government; 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; Peter Ronald de Souza, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.
Javier Collado talking with Carlos Alberto Torres and Peter Ronald de Souza about GCED