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WFID Breakout Session: “Global Citizenship Education: Nurturing a Culture of Peace”
May 2 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
| Baku, Azerbaijan
“Global Citizenship Education: Nurturing a Culture of Peace”
Our world today is increasingly multi-cultural and multi-polar, where the values of pluralism and diversity should be viewed as enriching rather than polarizing. Beyond classical conceptions of citizenship, we should seek to establish a culture of peace from an early age, where people of different identities, faiths and cultures can identify as global citizens. In this context, Global Citizenship Education (GCED) seems to be the best vehicle to instill these values. GCED involves the use of practical tools for building human solidarity and helping localities counter the violence and discrimination in diverse communities. One of those tools is intercultural and interfaith dialogue. GCED is an important instrument in our collective efforts to achieve peaceful coexistence.
The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) works actively to enable youth leaders to acquire intercultural competencies, develop critical-thinking skills and promote the values of diversity and respect of the other with the aim of fostering cross-cultural dialogue, nurturing a culture of peace as well as overcoming stereotypes and intolerance. At the same time, UNAOC strengthens (youth-led) civil society organizations, while highlighting their GCED initiatives, in order to support their integration at the policy level. To contribute to GCED, UNAOC has already implemented and continues to spearhead the following projects: Young Peacebuilders, Fellowship Programme, PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival, PEACEapp, Youth Solidarity Fund and Intercultural Innovation Award, as well as Media Information Literacy (MIL). For more information, visit www.unaoc.org.