We need YOU to support, reinforce and take action towards Global Citizenship Education!

Since 2014, we have put the concept of Global Citizenship Education in the centre of our priorities in terms of advocacy. We have been lobbying for this concept to be at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals education targets with the help of several activities (webinar, conference, publication on monitoring, advocacy processes). This concept is a crucial element if we want to ensure quality education which includes and promotes Human Rights, Sustainability, Justice, Peace, Gender Equality and Culture Diversity.

And… the good news is that we have reached our first objective: The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) proposal which is now on the table mentions Global Citizenship Education (GCE) in the target 4.7 under the 4th goal:

By 2030, ensure all learners acquire 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“.

This is a big step as for the first time ever, global citizenship education has been taken on board at the global level. UNESCO just launched its 15 years monitoring report on education for all and the non-formal and lifelong learning came out very strongly as an important part.

Credit: UN sustainable development platform

Credit: UN sustainable development platform

This is however only the first step and to make our dream possible we need to work together to ensure the governments keep target 4.7 in the final agreement and secondly we need to ensure that we can achieve this target. This means that commons indicators need to be developed together with an implementation plan.

What are the next steps?

1.   Ensure the target is not removed. We have to keep it in there until the end of the negotiations. The goals are planned to be approved in late September this year. We need to convince stakeholders of the relevance of GCE as a value education that must be a core target of the goal of “inclusive and equitable quality education”.

2.   Having a target is not enough, we need to ensure we can also achieve this target and we can determine when it is achieved. This means that common indicators need to be developed together with an implementation plan. This process is taking place within the UN and for education UNESCO is currently developing indicators together with various stakeholders. This is a process in which the DEAR sector can make a crucial contribution with its vision and expertise. In that matter, we have done a research on monitoring GCE (“Monitoring Education for Global Citizenship: a contribution to debate“) and Finnish NGOs have proposed a list of indicators in its position paper: “The Finnish NGO Task Force’s Position Paper on Post-2015 Agenda“.

Yet, indicators only work if they are universal enough to work in different cultures and environments. This means that YOU need to get involved and discuss within your national GCE and DEAR field what indicators could work for you.


We Need You

How can you get involved?

  • You will find all the information you need in the Engagement Guide we have prepared for you. It contains background documents, main stakeholders, timeline and next steps for concrete actions.
  • Identify and collaborate with your national delegation (list on slide 14) and other stakeholders that make sure your government supports Target 4.7.
  • Secondly, engage in the indicator development process within your organisation, with your educational partners on national level and share the results with the CONCORD DARE Forum (members list here).
  • Join the online group, the perfect place to gather all the stakeholders working on different levels on that topic. You can find all the latest documents and a new section of “Call4Action” where we highlight the main actions to take at national level to make Global Citizenship Education a reality in the Post-2015 agenda!

Next deadlines and events:

  • From January to July 2015: inter-governmental discussions with UN (state of affairs here).
  • 14 – 15 May 2015 – New-York, USA: DEEEP/CONCORD DARE Forum participate in a lunchtime meeting for member states at the UN headquarters. Objective: ensure that the 4.7 target remains the core of Education goal.
  • 19 – 22 May 2015 – Incheon, South-KoreaWorld Education Forum  – The future of Education will be discussed. Find all the info about this topic at the WEF here, read the NGO Declaration adopted at the WEF here.
  • 4 June 2015 – Brussels, Belgium: A Panel discussion at the European Development Days – “Our Future – Global Citizens can change the world!” co-organised by CONCORD in partnership with CIVICUS, GENE, ALDA and NSC.
  • 15 June 2015 – New-York, USA: DEEEP/ CONCORD DARE Forum participate in a conference at the UN Headquarters about Global Citizenship Education. Info: Programme and replay (coming soon).
  • July 2015: The goals, targets & indicators will be fixed by the UN at the International Conference on Funding for Development at Addis Ababa. The final text will be approved by the UN Summit in September 2015.

We hope we succeeded to make this process clearer and to convince you of the importance of that matter! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Maarten Coertjens at the DEEEP secretariat or Ana Santos of the DARE Forum.
Together we can change the direction of education!


→ All you need to know is in the ENGAGEMENT GUIDE.

→ Join our ONLINE COMMUNITY where you can meet active stakeholders in that topic!