News & Analysis
- You may have heard of Global Citizenship Education (GCED), but unless you move in international development circles, chances are you’re not entirely sure what the acronym means.
Speaking at a seminar on this very issue at the United Nations headquarters on Jun. 15, Sofia Garcia-Garcia of SOS Children’s Villages, a care organisation striving to meet the needs of over 80,000 children in 133 countries worldwide, provided an excellent summary.
- In a world where high levels of social and religious intolerance, conflicts, violent extremism and environmental degradation are threatening justice and peace, the United Nations is trying to find ways to maintain world order and promote sustainable development.
By Thalif Deen
- When Denmark hosted the World Summit on Social Development (WSSD) in March 1995, one of the conclusions of that international gathering in Copenhagen was to create a new social contract with “people at the centre of development.”
By Jaya Ramachandran
BRUSSELS (IDN) - While mystery shrouds the concept of ‘global citizenship’ for wide sections of the general public, a growing number of civil society organisations, enlightened governments and the United Nations are undertaking concerted efforts to lift the veil of enigma.
By Shin Mee
SEOUL (IDN) - In run-up to the UN High-Level Summit in September in New York, a milestone United Nations conference in South Korea has highlighted the need for a new vision for education, which it aims to realise by 2030 with a view to fostering global citizenship by inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all.
The Greek philosopher Plato is reported to have said: “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” What could be more suited to foster global citizenship than jazz for peace and freedom?
- Against the backdrop of civil unrest in Baltimore, Maryland, the fourth annual International Jazz Day was celebrated with events around the world and appeals for peace, unity and dialogue.
By Stella Paul
This article tells the story of two women who fought against two evils: the practice of sexual slavery in Hindu temples, and forced labour. Finally free of the yoke of dual-slavery, they are determined to preserve their hard-won existence, humble though it may be. Stories like this highlight the need to spread the word that given the individual determination there is a way out of what appears to be a hopeless situation. [P02] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | SPANISH
In Bangladesh, a country of 157 million people, 49 percent are women. A media survey has found that they are more often “seen" in illustrated sections of newspapers than "heard". Majority of them do not have access to television or cannot read newspapers. Community radios are trying to rectify the situation. Momena Ferdousi, a 24-year-old student, hailing from the country's north-western Chapai Nawabganj District, is one of Bangladesh's up-and-coming radio professionals, who is determined to give voice to the voiceless, poor and illiterate women, as a first step towards sharing their concerns with the world at large. [P01] GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF
By Jamshed Baruah
BERLIN | SENDAI (IDN) - Tearing down ideological barriers and overcoming historical animosities, civil society organisations from Japan, China and the Republic of Korea participated in a landmark trilateral forum during the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR).
The conference, held from March 14 to 18 in Sendai – the centre of Japan’s Tohoku region that bore the brunt of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami leading to the Fukushima nuclear power plant catastrophe – agreed on a new framework for the next 15 years (2015-2030) to reduce the risk of disasters that kill and destroy livelihoods. [P] CHINESE TEXT VERSION PDF | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN
By Ramesh Jaura
Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction which ended on Mar. 18.- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has announced a new 10-year global plan to support country efforts to reduce the risk of disasters that kill people and destroy livelihoods. The plan was unveiled at the
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