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19.01.2017 - Education Sector

Call to youth leaders to join Ottawa peace and sustainable development week

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Young people committed to creating a better future through education have a unique opportunity to participate in The UNESCO Week for Peace and Sustainable Development: The Role of Education (6-10 March 2017, Ottawa, Canada).

Some 500 youth from across the globe have already submitted their applications for the conference and many more have participated in the on-going online discussion launched as part of the application process on the Facebook and Twitter channels of UNESCO's Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development.

The four-week discussion, launched in the first week of January and moderated by young people around the world, has already received close to 2000 original comments on Facebook and created more than 50k impressions in the Twittersphere. 

About the UNESCO Week

The UNESCO Week for Peace and Sustainable Development presents a unique platform for discussion on two key programmes of UNESCO’s Education Sector:  Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCED), and their practical contribution in achieving Target 4.7 of the Sustainable Development Goal 4 on Education.

Target 4.7 aims to ‘by 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development’.

Applications and discussions close on 27 January 23:59 GMT.

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