By Kalinga Seneviratne*
KUALA LUMPUR (IDN) – Excessive commercialization of children’s media, especially television, is obstructing efforts aimed at education and capacity building for global citizenship and raising awareness among children of the diversity of the world, according to experts. [P] GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN
By Ravi Kanth Devarakonda
GENEVA, (IPS) - Amid escalating conflicts and rampant violations of human rights all over the world, spreading “human rights education” is not an easy task. But a non-governmental organisation from Japan is beginning to make an impact through its “global citizenship education” approach. [P] GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF
By Joel Jaeger
- If a Silicon Valley existed for the culture of peace, it would most likely look to global citizenship as the next big industry shake-up.
“Global citizenship, or oneness of humanity [is] the essential element of the culture of peace,” Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury, former under-secretary general and high representative of the U.N., told IPS on the sidelines of the General Assembly’s High-Level Forum on the Culture of Peace on Sep. 10. [P] ITALIAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF
By Joel Jaeger
UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - Civil society leaders and U.N. development experts gathered on Wednesday to discuss the role of education for global citizenship in the post-2015 development agenda.
The workshop, sponsored by Soka Gakkai International (SGI), was part of the U.N.’s 65th Annual Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organization (DPI/NGO) Conference. [P] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | PORTUGUESE | SPANISH
By Georg Kell
UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - Can we envision a day when a critical mass of companies is investing in a better world? Where business is delivering value for the long-term – not just financially, but also socially, environmentally and ethically? Over a decade ago, it was hard to imagine, but we can now say with confidence that a global movement is underway.
By the late 1990s, the need for action was unmistakable. In many ways, it appeared the rest of the world did not figure into the growth and opportunity associated with massive increases in international investment and trade. It was this fragile state of the union between business and society that led the U.N. secretary-general to propose that business and the United Nations jointly initiate a “global compact of shared values and principles, to give a human face to the global market.” [P] SPANISH
- Johannes Kapelle has been playing the organ in the Protestant church of Proschim since he was 14. The 78-year-old is actively involved in his community, produces his own solar power and has raised three children with his wife on their farm in Proschim, a small village of 360 inhabitants in Lusatia, Germany.
By Eleanor Nesbitt*
COVENTRY, England - The online resources provided by the Education for Global Citizenship media project will be invaluable for both teachers and students of citizenship education. The remits of the two collaborating organisations, the Inter Press Service and the lay Buddhist network, Soka Gakkai International, are well attuned to the needs of good citizenship education, concerned as they are with ‘giving a voice to the voiceless’ – linking North and South, lifting communities out of poverty and marginalisation, and promoting the rights of women, as well as ways of achieving sustainable development, and affirming the value of inter-faith dialogue, and much, much more.
By Valentina Gasbarri*
ROME (IDN) - Fundamental freedoms and human rights are at the heart of the founding treaties of the European Union (EU) and these are protected under member states’ national legislation. The Charter on Fundamental Rights also sets out the civil, political, economic and social rights of European citizens and all persons resident in the EU.