Links and Resources for Global Citizenship

    —- DPI Youth —- —- UN Youth —- —- Envoy on Youth     Culture of Peace     UNEP        UN Youth Participation Mechanisms                           Commission for Social Development for Beginners —- —- Global Citizenship —- —- Global Citizens Network   Peace Education     Teach Unicef     Youth for Human Rights                       VIDEO RESOURCES — UN for Kids.  Part 2     UN for Kids.  Part 1 “United Nations for kids” is a short cartoon documentary about the UN and its … Read MoreLinks and Resources for Global Citizenship

Educating for Global Citizenship

Throughout the IBVM world- wide network we are engaged in formal and non- formal education of girls and boys, young women and men as global citizens who acknowledge their responsibilities to each other, to the human community and the earth. We educate to understand the causes of injustice and inequality and work actively to do create a more humane, just and sustainable world.       Let’s begin with the SDGs.                                                                      Teaching the SDGs   Seventeen Goals and 15 … Read MoreEducating for Global Citizenship


The Working Group for Sustainable Development and the Integrity of Creation within Civil Society at the United Nations is advocating on behalf of access to non-contaminating energy for all as a means of creating a more sustainable environment. We acknowledge the moral obligation to ensure the fundamental Human Rights for all people. Because human life depends on adequate sources of energy to provide water, food, education, health care, communication, and appropriate employment, providing all people with adequate energy is therefore a moral and ethical obligation for all. We are aware that it is urgent to provide access to alternate energy including electricity and cooking fuels to rural and urban people … Read MoreEnergy

Eastern European Group Election Debate for Security Council Candidacy

The World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) hosted the 2019 Security Council Election Briefing with Estonia featuring H.E. Sven Jürgenson, Permanent Representative of Estonia to the UN, candidate for a non-permanent seat on the Security Council in 2020-2021.   Jürgenson presented their three campaign pillars: Efficiency, Equality, and Empathy. The floor was then opened for questions to Member States and from Civil Society Organizations on topics relating to cooperation & transparency at the Security Council, Youth empowerment, Women, Peace and Security, the development of peacekeeping and peace operations and, on the crisis in Venezuela. Read the dialogue attached written by our intern Isobel.   

Update No 36   

With Update April 2019  we invite you to come, learn as we learn and collaborate with the United Nations in New York and around the world. Working together, we help create a more humane, just and sustainable world” Read about the ways in which we have contributed to the United Nations in New York and in Nairobi in recent months. Watch the videos and read about some of the beautiful ways  members of our network are implementing Sustainable Development goals in their life and work.      

Spring Meetings in Washington

Cynthia attended the Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary (IMF) in Washington DC from 8 – 12 April, 2019.  Read about the composition of the World Bank Group, its work and concerns in this Brief prepared by Cynthia. She recalls the urgency expressed by the President of the Group in the following quote.  “It is critically important that we work tirelessly to foster broad-based growth, raise median incomes, create jobs, and fully incorporate women and young people in economies, to support a stronger, more stable global economy for everyone”.

First Weeks at NGO Office

Watch this video of our new Youth Representatives in New York. They began in early April and are learning about what happens at the United Nations and how we share with our network and involve members in different ways.  Uyen Ha from Australia and Isobel Cunningham from Ireland  tell you about their experiences during these early days. They will have many fascinating experiences and opportunities to gain insight into the workings of the United nations, our IBVM/CJ international Network and what they can do to create a more humane, just and sustainable world.

Women’s Dignity through The Commission on the Status of Women

The Commission on the Status of Women held its 63rd session from 11 – 22 March 2019. It is the main space where thousands gather to further a life of dignity for all women.  After 63 years of annual gatherings and 4 World conferences on Women, equity between women and men has progressed in many countries. But, mush has yet to be done, even to begin to create awareness, improve legislation, implementation and change cultures that deprive women of their inalienable rights. This year’s commission focused on social protection, public services and infrastructure directed to improve and facilitate women’s lives. Read the main conclusions. which are especially significant for us because … Read MoreWomen’s Dignity through The Commission on the Status of Women

Welcome Youth Representatives

Welcome to Youth Representatives Uyen Ha, from Australia and Isobel Cunningham from Ireland. They are immersed in the events and experience of an NGO collaborating with the United Nations. As we approach the Forum on Financing for Development their first immersion was on the question of Circular Economy, a relevant subject today when the traditional economy seems to fail a large proportion of the human family. Read Isobel’s article on Circular Economy provides an “easy read” on the issue.  Uyen, who specializes in Martial Arts, gives a summary of the connections between Sport, Peace and Development through the eyes of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Sport for Development and Peace.  

Towards Global citizenship No. 5.   

Welcome to Towards Global Citizenship No.5. it is our way of saying that “We the peoples of the United Nations” have been making ourselves felt as global citizens and persons who engage with the global  dimension of our reality in addition to the more concrete and local aspect. In fact we combine both. In this edition we have contributions from Australia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Mauritius, Peru and the NGO Office, New York.  The content addresses the Mary Ward Schools Compass, the underlying ethics, principles and spirituality of global citizenship, aspects of policy aligned, ongoing learning, the interrelation between global citizenship and the Sustainable Development Goals and other very interesting initiatives … Read MoreTowards Global citizenship No. 5.