IPS – Inter Press Service News Agency
July 27th, 2015

‘Global Citizenship Education for a Just, Peaceful, Inclusive and Sustainable World’ was the theme of a forum organised by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations at the UN on June 15, which was co-sponsored by IPS. The event in which DG Ramesh Jaura participated along with distinguished speakers from several permanent missions to the UN, high-ranking UN officials and some of the leading civil society organisations, was broadcast on the UN Web TV.

“Since its inception in 1964, IPS News Agency is continuing to play a pioneering role in fostering global citizenship by giving voice to the voiceless,” said Jaura, adding that giving voice to the voiceless involves awareness-raising about the issues of global importance. In that sense, IPS News Agency has been a pioneer in fostering global citizenship, prompting readers around the world to stop navel-gazing and look at the world as One World, encouraging nation-states to be dynamic partners in facilitating global governance.

Indeed. Global Governance would remain an illusion without belief in and practising global citizenship. At the same time, in the absence of evolving adequate mechanisms of global governance, the international community will not succeed in helping usher in sustaining international peace and security, he added.

This includes the need for raising awareness for the compelling need to ban all nuclear tests and do away with all nuclear weapons in the interest of a world without nuclear weapons. “We often tend to ignore that every dollar we invest in atomic tests and nuclear weapons is at the cost of the poor striving to share the fruits of development, without having to run away from their hearth and home because trees have been felled or they have been deprived of any job opportunities – in other words every dollar invested in nuclear weapons and other arms is to the detriment of global citizenship,” the IPS DG added.

In this context, he referred to the media project focussed on global citizenship, sponsored by the Tokyo-based lay Buddhist organisation Soka Gakkai International (SGI) for the second consecutive year, and another project on strengthening awareness of the need for a nuclear weapons free world in the seventh year.

Global Citizenship Education for a Just, Peaceful, Inclusive and Sustainable World

Global Citizenship Education for a Just, Peaceful, Inclusive and Sustainable World


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