E. David Méndez Págan

The Islands in Our Minds: Reaffirming Global Citizenship Education

We have arrived at a point when educators need to reflect on their role as global citizenship advocates and facilitators. A conscientious introspection can help us to determine if there are any insular viewpoints or “islands” in our own minds that need to be addressed for us to become efficient global educators and to effectively transform today’s students.

New York City held its first Disability Pride parade on 12 July 2015, marking the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, signed into law on 26 July 1990. © UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz
Annie Baghdayan

Breaking Barriers for Persons with Disabilities and Realizing Global Citizenship

As a first step, we need to disavow low expectations for people with disabilities. We must treat them as smart, talented, productive individuals who have as much to contribute to the workforce as anyone else.

Maher Nasser


In this issue of the UN Chronicle, we have invited a number of distinguished contributors to share with us their perspectives on what global citizenship is and how this concept can be translated into solutions to global challenges and concerns. We would also like to know, what does global citizenship mean to you? Tweet your answer to us @_UNChronicle, and it could be one of the select responses that we will share on social media.

Michelle Bachelet, President Of Chile, Addresses the Seventy-First Session of the General Assembly. 21 September 2016. ©UN Photo/Cia Pak
Michelle Bachelet

Global Citizenship: A New and Vital Force

Global citizens act without limits or geographical distinctions and they do so outside the traditional spheres of power. Their goal is to defend human dignity and to promote social accountability and international solidarity, in which tolerance, inclusion and recognition of diversity occupy pride of place in word and deed, reflecting the multiplicity of actors involved in the actions of global citizenship.

Special lecture on global citizenship by Ambassador Hahn to the MA students from Harvard University majoring in international education policy.  © Hyun June Chung, MA student from Harvard University
Hahn Choonghee

Multilateral Diplomacy and Global Citizenship

The international community should discuss how global citizenship education on can be inclusive and respectful, universal in its principles and local in its impact, and how it can equip all learners with the capacities and qualities necessary to address the complex problems facing humanity today.

66th UN DPI/NGO Conference Planning Committee. © National Organizing Committee of Korea
Scott Carlin and YuKang Choi

The Role of Civil Society in Advancing Global Citizenship

It is the responsibility of civil society to experiment with models of effective global citizenship, to understand, care and act on behalf of people and the planet through ecological and socially inclusive principles and practices. Global citizenship is transforming the worlds of art, business, culture, education, human and labour rights, religion, public health, politics and our relationship with nature.

The author speaking on Sustainable Development Goal 13: “Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts”,  in the United Nations General Assembly during the Global Youth Forum on 21 July 2017.    ©Michael Paras photography llc
Gugulethu Jemaine Nyathi

Multilingualism and Global Citizenship

Finding ways to build bridges between our diverse cultures, transcend borders and connect nations and peoples, while showing respect and appreciation for their unique differences, may sound like a tall order that many believe has little chance for success.

David Brazier and Natasha Souza

Partnerships for Progress: Non-traditional Resources for Peacekeeping Technology

The Information and Communications Technology Division (ICTD) of the Department of Field Support (DFS) in New York Headquarters is evolving as the natural conduit for transforming such technology on the ground, for harnessing and engaging non-traditional sources of funding, reaching out into new areas such as public-private partnerships, leveraging advances in corporate research and development programmes and establishing technology think-tank dialogues.

Timi Ećimović

The philosophy of true harmony in global citizenship

The information in this presentation is based on my digital books: The Citizen of the Earth XXI, published December 2016; The Philosophy of the Life 2017, published 28 July 2017; The Climate Change System 2017, published April 2017; and The Nature 2017, published January 2017.

A9 highway in Kilinochchi District, Sri Lanka. © Indi Samarajiva
Nadhiya Najab, Anupama Ranawana and Kulasabanathan Romeshun

The Gates of Paradise are Open…but Who Benefits? Experiences from Post-War Sri Lanka

This article is written in response to the theme of eradicating poverty as a means of conflict prevention. By asking whether the eradication of poverty prevents conflict, we reflect upon its complexity and interdependence with other aspects of modern day life. To focus solely on poverty reduction as a means of conflict prevention is somewhat reductive.

Kapinga Yvette Ngandu

The Panel of the Wise:Its Role in Preventing Violent Conflicts in Africa

The Panel of the Wise's role in preventing the outbreak of violent conflicts in Africa was meant to provide information and analysis on the experiences, to date, of an important pillar of APSA. The objective was to discuss the gradual institutionalization of the Panel over the last 10 years and provide reflections that can inform the Panel's operations in the future.

Force Commander Lund. Cyprus, April 2015. © UNFICYP
Kristin Lund and Laura Mitchell

Preventing Crisis and Conflict: Women's Role in Ongoing Peace Processes

Women play a variety of roles in complex, multitrack peace processes. They can sit at the formal negotiating table, on a technical committee or subcommission, or they can be outside the talks engaged as civil society actors in following developments. All of these roles are critical.

Farid Zarif

Advancing the Debate on a Culture of Conflict Prevention

Prompt political interventions give time for actors in society to come to terms with change and think differently about old problems. For example, during the first half of 2016, UNMIL mobilized to diffuse potential conflict between Liberian Christian and Muslim communities which emerged from the country's constitutional review process promoting a constitutional amendment defining Liberia as a Christian nation.

A student protest demanding increased dialogue in decision-making processes at the National Autonomous University of Honduras, 2016. © CLADE Archives 
Camilla Croso

Empowering Civil Society in Latin America to Promote Equality and Prevent Conflict

Data shows that among the 25 countries with the highest rates of femicide in the world, 14 are in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).The region also has very high rates of violence against the LGBTQ community, although it has some of the most progressive laws for LGBTQ equality and protection.

Global Nomads Group workshop on Virtual Reality during PLURAL+2016 Festival. © Hernan Valle
Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser

Media and Information Literacy as a Means of Preventing Violent Extremism

UNAOC understands that censoring media which is perceived as potentially harmful will not effectively curtail the spread of media messages appealing to youth with violent extremist narratives.