This year the NGO Office contributed to the Commission with individual and group statements. Our written statement focuses on the commitment to LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND. The disadvantages and discrimination which continue to plague rural women and girls living in remote and isolated areas begin with birth registration and compounded by poverty, low social status and lack of awareness need to be addressed urgently through basic services such as quality education, enabling legislation and institutional frameworks and robust implementation through effective governance.
The Group Oral Statement delivered on 21 March was headed by the Good Shepherd Sisters and focused on child, early and forced marriage, including informal engagements that are equivalent to marriage as a particular suffering for girls in rural areas. Such arrangements are a form of human trafficking, and leave girls at extreme risk for further trafficking.
“We welcome the theme of the 56th Session of the Commission for Social Development ‘Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all.’ In particular, we wish to highlight that poverty and its eradication is political, multidimensional, and is at core a human rights issue, affecting peoples’ civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights”. Read complete Statement
“Implementation of National Floors of Social Protection (ILO Recommendation 202) is an action orientated policy that if implemented would indeed be that transformative action ‘to ensure that all human beings can fulfill their potential in dignity and equality in a healthy environment.’ (2030 Agenda) Universal, rights-based social protection is the most sustainable and effective approach towards eradicating poverty, reducing inequalities, and building social inclusion”. Read the complete statement here
“The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda is built on fundamental values and principles aimed at ensuring that all human beings can fulfill their potential in dignity and equality. Its profound ethical foundation rests on the imperative that no one is left behind and that those who are hardest to reach should be given priority. We now begin the third year of the implementation of the Agenda. Soaring economic inequality is among the most urgent issues at this time if we are to guarantee the commitment made in 2015”. Read the complete statement here
“Global Citizenship: A conceptual and practical prerequisite to the eradication of poverty. The Global Citizenship 2030 Coalition is an ad hoc coalition dedicated to the oneness of humanity, working at the United Nations to better the world by affirming the interconnectedness of all and by helping to activate people and institutions to make choices on the basis of common good. We develop and promote values that can further well-being including inner and outer peace, collaboration, cooperation, partnership and equitable access to resources. The coalition works to manifest for every sentient being the UN’s five core values – peace and security, justice, equality, human dignity, and environmental sustainability. Accordingly, CGC2030 promotes global citizenship as the state of consciousness and being wherein we recognize, relate, and respond according to the reality that we are tied in a single garment of destiny” . Read statement here.
Education for Global Citizenship: A Vital Tool for Strengthening Social Development in the Contemporary World
Oral Statement delivered on behalf of the Coalition on Global Citizenship at the Commission on Social Development 2016.
Efforts to achieve goals of the magnitude envisioned in Agenda 2030 will need to secure the commitment and support of the peoples of the world, and meaningfully integrate their contributions into global processes of development. People are at the center of Agenda 2030, and this is a major victory. But we need to find ways to build capacity in growing numbers of people to contribute to these goals, each according to his or her particular circumstances.
Identifying as a global citizen begins with the recognition of the oneness of the human family, our interconnectedness with each other as individuals and nations, and our responsibility to a sustainable relationship with the earth. A Global Citizen strives towards the realization of equality between all peoples, regardless of any superficial categorization such as genders, race, ethnicity, or national or religious identity. Education for global citizenship promotes human honor and dignity, cooperation, trustworthiness, compassion and a desire to serve others. Human capacity is defined not only by one’s potential to achieve goals, but also one’s determination to take needed actions.
The ability to read social reality and take effective action requires an education that equips us with the appropriate attitudes, knowledge and skills; such as capacities that support social and economic justice both within and among nations, and non-adversarial decision making at all levels of society. Education, formal, non-formal and informal that promotes the understanding of our roles and responsibilities will be needed from the earliest ages, throughout our lives.
In order to inspire people worldwide to champion social development, a profound understanding of global citizenship needs to be enthusiastically promoted through education programs around the world.
Therefore, we make 3 recommendations today:
- That the UN system call on Member States to promote education for Global Citizenship at all levels and life stages of the population
- That Governments support efforts already in place, and ensure cooperation of international education systems, civil society and social systems
- That Civil Society and all stakeholders to include Global Citizenship in their educational and social initiatives
Fostering global citizenship is a practical strategy for promoting the universal implementation of the sustainable development goals. Only upon a foundation of genuine unity, harmony and understanding among the diverse peoples and nations of the world, can a sustainable global society be constructed.