Celebrating Education Towards a Peaceful and Prosperous World
Updated: Oct 3, 2020
IVECA’s Founder and President Dr. Eunhee Jung served as co-chair of the NGO Steering Committee for the second celebration for the adoption of an International Day of Education for Global Citizenship on July 18, 2019. The NGO Steering Committee for an International Day of Education for Global Citizenship (IDEGC) collaborated with UNESCO-APCEIU, UN Academic Impact (UNAI), and the UN Department of Global Communications (DGC) to gather for the second annual celebration at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
This event was sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Austria, The Republic of Korea, and Tunisia to the United Nations, and UNESCO-APCEIU to underline the need for continuing efforts to spread global citizenship education across the globe and throughout the United Nations.
Opening remarks were given by Ambassador Philipp Charwath, calling on the United Nations to create an IDEGC, “to provide a platform to promote empathy and caring among people around the world.” Mr. Wissem Moatemri, the Deputy Director for Sustainable Development at the Ministry of Foriegn Affairs of Tunisia, emphasized “the importance of promoting a culture of tolerance through education to help build true global citizenship,” calling on support from all of the international community to achieve SDG 4 of Agenda 2030.
The director of UNESCO, Ms. Marie Paule Roudil, was the keynote speaker for the event to build peace and “promote a better world and future,” reiterating that we must continue “to call the world to do more” for global citizenship education.
The celebration continued with a series of video presentations by students across the globe presenting projects completed through collaboration with UNESCO and IVECA with the goal of solving world problems. Students examined different perspectives related to reaching the SDGs and promoting the movement towards a more sustainable future.
The musical presentation by Charlotte Im, 9-year old violinist with Dr. Sung Ho Yang, Pianist, Adjunct Faculty at New Jersey City University - CN Philharmonic Orchestra and the Traditional Dance Group of Choomnoori preceded the closing remarks at this year’s annual celebration of the IDEGC. Dr. Hyun-mook Lim, the Director of UNESCO-APCEIU offered positive and cheerful comments to the gathering, asking “all of us to keep this momentum going as we move forward to eventually establish this international day at the UN.”
Dr. Jung and her co-chair Dr. Scott Carlin presented the closing remarks of the celebration by bringing everyone together with energy and excitement to cheer for the establishment of an International Day of Education for Global Citizenship.
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