Global Citizenship

 Make the voice of young people from IBVM and CJ Networks heard at the 2019 ECOSOC Youth ForumGlobal Citizenship Initiative


One of the aims of the IBVM NGO at the United Nations, in which both the Congregations of Jesus and the IBVM/Loreto/Loretto collaborate, is to involve young people and make their voice heard in United Nations processes.

Christina Zha, Mary Ward Centre, Toronto, is spearheading an initiative young people between the ages of 16 – 35 to join a process which, while allowing for discussion and learning on the implementation of specific Sustainable Development Goals, will lead to a joint Statement coming from our youth around the world at the 2019 Youth Forum.

For more information, including a video by Christina and the Registration Form, which is open until 30 September, go to Mary Ward Centre.


 Online Launch of Global Citizenship: IBVM Educator’s Perspective  

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Global Citizenship:  IBVM Educators’ Perspective is the result of the contribution of IBVM/Loreto schools around the world.  As part of an emerging world community, our actions contribute to building this community’s values and practices.  Education for Global Citizenship is a specific target (4.7) of Sustainable Development Goal 4 on access to quality education throughout our whole lifespan. Educators from our international network of schools share their views and ideas on different aspects of global citizenship and education for global citizenship.  The IBVM NGO Office in New York is happy to launch the Report online.  Thanks to all who took part in the project.   Global Citizenship: IBVM Educators Perspective is your work; these are your ideas; this is a useful tool, which you helped produce. You are contributing to the development of our students as positive, engaged, global citizens ready to change the world.

Towards Global Citizenship

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 Read our Newsletter Towards Global Citizenship from the 66th United Nations DPO/NGO Conference held in Gyeongju, South Korea from May 30 to 1 June 2016. Fifteen members of the Mary Ward extended Family were present.  We share some points on the content and what we did. What big ideas emerged for us?  How do we, adults develop global citizenship in our own lives?  You will find lots of interesting ideas in it.  And do read the complete Action Plan which is a powerful tool and inspiration for us as we strive to create a peaceful and just world for all its citizens.  Youth played a significant role in the Conference. The Action Plan reminds us of the need to include youth in decisions about their lives and the Youth Declaration is a tribute to all young people’s aspirations.


 “We are not the leaders of tomorrow, we are the leaders of today”Young people

“We are not the leaders of tomorrow, we are the leaders of today,” said Aya Chebbi a young Tunisian peace activist and blogger at this year´s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). She declared that her “bold” generation was already today’s leaders during the intergenerational dialogue held to engage the new generation of gender equality activists with the Beijing generation of civil society leaders, grassroots activists, academics, policy makers and other stakeholders.


On 8 March 2016, young people  who campaign in their schools, communities and countries for action  to deliver a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination marched in cities throughout the world. In New York it constituted the lead up to the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) which this year celebrated the 20th. Anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995.

Most of you were not born then.  However, the Beijing Conference was a significant moment for women and girls around the world.  Twenty years later, at CSW today´s young women continue the work begun in Beijing.  Read the CSW 59 INFO for Girls, Boys and Young Adults prepared for you by Georgina Kelly.


Are you a student?

A special hello to all the students at IBVM/Loreto/Loretto schools and colleges around the world!       Post 2015                                      

Do you know about the amazing program in preparation at the United Nations?   The Post 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda is almost ready to be adopted by your county among the 193 member states of the United Nations.  It will be the sustainable Development for the next 15 years, an important time in your life. The Post 2015 Agenda will build on the MDGs and incorporate the massive changes in our world since 2000.  Hopefully we will “Leave no one behind”, no person – regardless of ethnicity, gender, geography, disability, race or other status – is denied universal human rights and basic economic opportunities. Learn about what’s coming and be on tip toes to begin working with the new Sustainable Development goals on 1 January 2016.  Watch this presentation.  It’s just for YOU! 


Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the World Programme of Action for Youth

 The 20th anniversary of The World Programme of Action for Youth, adopted by the General Assembly in 1995, will be celebrated this year. This policy framework and the practical guidelines for national action and international support are focused on improving the situation of young people around the world. Mr. Ban Ki-moon recently addressed a youth gathering reminding them that “2015 is not just another year – it is a chance to change the course of history. Ours is the first generation with the potential to end poverty – and the last to act to avoid worst effects of climate change. “

. Ban Ki-moon told those gathered that there are three major priorities this year:Youth 2

  • “To complete the Millennium Development Goals;
  •  To agree on transformative and universal actions for sustainable development;
  •  And to achieve a new, meaningful, universal climate agreement.


“Today I make three calls to action to the world’s youth, he said:

First: Help us drive sustainable development that is people-centred and planet-sensitive.

Second: Fight injustice and inequality with solidarity so no one is left behind.

Third: Be an active global citizen.”