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CCIC: FORUM Metamorphosis of the World

Since its creation in 1947, the ICCC has always wanted in its activities to put the human being at the very center of the world, to consider his or her dignity as imprescriptible in all its dimensions and to seek the conditions for his or her accomplishment.

The acceleration of the World’ s metamorphosis due to the pressure of scientific progress and of new information technology invites us to emphasize the urgent need of examining an essential question : that of our conscious or unconscious submission to new technologies or, to the contrary, their rational use for the benefit of Man’s Greatness. Each technological advance, each new scientific discovery, introduces possibilities for change in society, while being accompanied by a discourse that could modify the very notion of the Person. Indeed, we note, with many other researchers, that technology is not neutral, that it conveys in its wake social and cultural orientations that could be irreversible.

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CCNGO/Education2030: What is the role Civil Society Organisations in supporting education and knowledge in shaping the society we want?

The report is timely ahead of the international review spearheaded by the Global Education Monitoring 2021/2 report on non-state actors in education. It reflects on how CSOs in the education field will evolve in a world of rising inequality fuelling tensions, increased alienation from automation and uncertainty caused by multiple crises, not least climate change. The report makes the case for CSOs flexibility and adaptability as increasingly valuable and necessary in the face of new challenges.

Presented in three main chapters, “The role of Civil Society Organisations in 2050 and beyond” firstly elaborates on education as a human right and transformative concept in the face of rising challenges, trends and future horizons. The second chapter describes CSOs as “critical friends and partners” to government and other actors in education. The third chapter looks at how CSOs support citizen empowerment and learning environments at community level.

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A solidarity project of NGO UNESCO partners to fight the pandemic

In spring 2020, at the outset of the COVID pandemic and faced with the looming human catastrophe, on an ad hoc basis and in complete transparency a group of partner NGOs decided to pool information from the field and support their local associations.

This project gave rise to a report that highlights the tremendous outpouring of
global solidarity from civil society and opens avenues to define future post-COVID priorities. The report was well received by the Director-General. The project also benefits from the support of Mr. J. Y. Le Saux and the SHS sector, which wrote and published an article on the UNESCO site.
The project report can be downloaded here.

 

Reccomendation ICNGO 2020 and Conclusions of the collective consultation on C4/C5

At the end of its work, the International Conference of NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO, meeting by videoconference from 16 to 18 December 2020, on the theme “Envisioning a better and sustainable future: a new paradigm for civil society”, adopted the following resolution:

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Moreover, the ICNGO finalised the Conclusions of the collective consultation of NGO partners on the Questionnaire concerning the preliminary proposals of the Director General on the Draft Mid-Term Strategy for 2022-2029 (41C/4) and the Draft Programme and Budget for 2022-2025 (41 C/5).

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Message from Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of International Day of the Girl Child,12 October 2020

On this International Day, we celebrate and honour the millions of girls around the world who surmount the barriers of inequality and manage to break free from the prejudices to which they have too often been confined.

In order to become a reality, the aspiration for equality, which is at the heart of this Day, is developed and acquired first at school.

Mobilizing for girls’ education means ensuring that millions of girls can define, not endure, their future. It means standing up for a fundamental right. It also means working for what former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, considered to be the most effective tool for the development of our societies.

This fundamental right, however, may be jeopardized by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the 767 million girls confined to their homes at the peak of the crisis, deprived of the meals and support offered by their schools, found themselves at greater risk of forced marriage, domestic violence and early pregnancy. In several countries, gender-based sexual violence, for example, increased by as much as 30 per cent.

At a time when 11 million girls may never return to the emancipatory path of education – when 130 million girls were already out of school before the pandemic – we need to mobilize more than ever.

That is why, at the height of the COVID-19 crisis, UNESCO launched the Global Education Coalition, bringing together nearly 150 partners and acting in 70 countries.

This enabled us to launch, for example, a global communication campaign to support the return of girls to school.

Such mobilization is essential in order not to lose the ground gained over the past 25 years, since the 1995 Beijing Declaration.

Indeed, as shown in the UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report focusing on gender equality, which we are releasing on this International Day, 180 million girls have accessed primary or secondary education since 1995; and in higher education, the number of female students has even tripled in the last 25 years.

Our latest report does not, however, ignore the many gender inequalities that remain – for example, in rural areas of the least developed countries, only two percent of girls manage to complete a full secondary education.

That is why UNESCO, for many years, has poured all its energy into this fight for equality.

In this context, our initiative “Her education, our future” continues to produce its effects. By promoting better data and better public policies, and sharing best educational practices, it aims to defeat gender inequalities at the roots.

In order to build a more just and prosperous world, UNESCO would therefore like to call on everyone – States, regional organizations and civil society – to make gender equality a daily commitment and a requirement.

Message from Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of the International Day of Peace

Message from Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of the International Day of Peace
21 September 2020
“Peace on earth is everyone’s responsibility; it is a universal responsibility.”
On this International Day of Peace, these words, spoken by Otomí Tolteca, a member of Mexico’s indigenous Otomí community, remind us of our duty to show solidarity towards our fellow human beings; the building and defending of peace is a universal enterprise, a collective undertaking, which is carried out daily and which concerns us all.
Being responsible for peace means acting, on a personal scale, to overcome the flaws and injustices which continue to prevent us from achieving an egalitarian world. Because a fractured planet is a planet which knows no peace.
Seventy-five years ago, in the aftermath of a terrible war, the world equipped itself with an instrument for building peace over time, through dialogue and compromise: the United Nations.
At UNESCO it is our conviction that this mission must necessarily and from the very outset involve work on education, culture and science, given that, as expressed in our Constitution, “since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed”.
Ours is a conviction held firmly in both the mind and the heart: every day, through our programmes and our actions in the field, UNESCO reaffirms our founders’ commitment to ensuring that peace is more than just the absence of war. It is this commitment which we resolutely honour throughout the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022).
Nevertheless, because peace requires daily effort and entails transformation, the path towards universal peace is a long one. Félix Houphouët-Boigny, the first President of an independent Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, liked to say that “Peace is not a word, but a behaviour”. We celebrate his legacy by awarding the Félix Houphouët-Boigny – UNESCO Peace Prize.
Now more than ever, solidarity and cooperation are essential to building peaceful societies and fighting against discrimination, particularly the kinds of discrimination to which the world’s most vulnerable populations are subjected.
On the occasion of this International Day, our Organization calls on everyone to engage in dialogue and to share ideas about the future with due respect for diversity of opinion and of perspective. This is a challenge we must face together in order to achieve lasting peace worldwide.

Save Our Future Youth Survey

To ensure that young people are at the center of the #SaveOurFuture campaign, we are asking youth (under the age of 35 ) around the world to tell us about their hopes for the future.

This survey will capture your ideas, your priorities, and most importantly, your vision for the future, and how education can help get us there.

The results from this survey will feed into a global action plan that will be presented to world leaders in September and provide an evidence-based roadmap with concrete actions to build education systems back better.

If you wish to include your organization’s logo on the campaign website (which will link to your site) – please join us by uploading your logo and info here.

Survey on Education

In the last few months the Coordination Group of the UNESCO Collective Consultation of NGOs on Education 2030 has held two virtual meetings in order to realize our main objective to support the implementation of SDG 4 – Education 2030.

We have elaborated a very short survey (10 minutes to fill, deadline 11 June 2020) to ask you about States and civil society responses throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in order to protect the right of education. This survey will guide future learning opportunities to build our capacity for action, advocacy and cooperation here

Learning Never Stops

As part of UNESCO’s response to COVID-19 education disruption (#LearningNeverStops), we asked students, teachers and parents from the UNESCO Associated Schools Network to share their stories on how they are coping with school closures and continuing to learn at home.

We received many inspiring contributions from around the world. You can watch their videos and written messages on our campaign page, on our global social media channels and YouTube playlist.

We’re now inviting students, teachers and parents everywhere to share their testimonies directly on their own social media accounts by recording and posting their short videos, tagging @unesco and using the hashtag #LearningNeverStops. More tips and instructions are available here.

Check out this short teaser and watch some of the testimonies below:

Noelle, student, Hong Kong SAR China (FacebookTwitter)

Ndapewa, teacher & parent, Namibia (Twitter)

Jean Marc, teacher, France (Twitter)

Marwa, high school student, Lebanon (FacebookTwitter)

Agustina, student, Argentina (FacebookTwitter)

Many thanks for your support in promoting UNESCO’s call to amplify voices from around the world on how learning never stops – even during the COVID-19 pandemic.