Goi Peace Foundation: International Essay Contest for Young People

This annual essay contest of the Goi Peace Foundation, an activity of the UNESCO Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development, is organized in an effort to harness the energy, imagination and initiative of the world’s youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world. The 2016 theme is “Education to Build a Better Future for All.” We live in a world with many complex problems, both local and global. What kind of education and learning would help us address these challenges and create a sustainable world and a better life for all? Essays are due June 15.

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Republic of Korea to Host UN DPI/NGO Conference 30 May—1 June: Focus on Education in Pursuit of Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Department of Public Information is pleased to announce that the Republic of Korea has confirmed its desire to host the sixty-sixth Department of Public Information (DPI)/Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Conference in Gyeongju from 30 May to 1 June 2016. Organized in cooperation with the NGO/DPI Executive Committee, the NGO community, the Government of the Republic of Korea and the National Organizing Committee of Korea, the Conference will be held under the theme “Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Together”. It will be the first time for the DPI/NGO Conference to be held in Asia.

Sustainable Development Goals

17 ways education influences the UN sustainable development goals

In September 2015 the United Nations committed to the new Sustainable Development Goals, which succeed the Millennium Development Goals. The SDGs outline a new and ambitious worldwide effort to reduce poverty and hunger, improve health, enable equality, protect the planet and much more. Real progress will be elusive unless all children receive a quality education. This article, by the Global Partnership for Education, outlines the many ways education influences all sustainable development goals.

Pricey Bargains

Climate change, species extinction, pollution and poverty: The world seems to go down the drain! There are many reasons for these problems. One reason of particular importance is rooted deep in our economic system. This video, produced by Edeos offers an explanation. What are your thoughts on the relationship of the global economy to the climate, pollution and poverty?

UNESCO Clearinghouse on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

UNESCO has just released a Clearinghouse on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), containing important information, news, events, good practices and links around the Global Action Programme on ESD (GAP). It aims to serve as an online platform to share knowledge, experiences and competences of the ESD global community of practic

Photo: (L-R) Betty Williams; Ingeborg Breines, Co-President, International Peace Bureau; Jonathan Granoff; Mairead Corrigan Maguire

The Measure of Our Humanity: Nobel Peace Laureates Promote Solutions to Refugee Crisis, Terrorism, Climate Change and Nuclear Annihilation

In November the 15th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates crafted the Barcelona Declaration. They addressed the crisis of refugees and the violence of terrorism with a focus on positive policies focused on root causes. A measure of a civilization is how it treats the most vulnerable. From that perspective, it is necessary to look with compassion on the lives disrupted by the civil war in Syria, drug-driven corruption in Central America and Mexico, chaos arising from the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, and the poverty driven multiple crises arising in Africa from dysfunctional governance, the failure of the rule of law, hyper-exploitation, and environmental degradation.

EI General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen addresses EI's event at COP21 in Paris

Education International: A sustainable world begins in the classroom

As nations continued to negotiate their way toward a climate agreement in Paris, COP21 put education under the spotlight during the fourth day of deliberations to bring into focus the foundation of a sustainable future. One of the side events, “The Power of Education – Towards a global climate consciousness,” hosted by Education International (EI), took advantage of ‘Education Day’ at COP21 to show how education is crucial to making sustainable development possible.

#DisarmForOurPlanet

Moving funds from war & weapons is more urgent than ever

Moving funds from war & weapons is more urgent than ever. “While Humanity is facing considerable difficulties, such as water supply and global warming, it dumps resources into the development of weapons that could destroy it.”  -François Régis Hutin International Peace Bureau Disarmament for Development Campaign.  #DisarmForOurPlanet     CONTENT DISCLAIMER: please read the Global […]

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A few figures you may not know about military pollution

A few figures: With 500,000 buildings and infrastructures around the world, including 500 large-scale military bases, the Pentagon was marked the world’s largest energy consumer in 2013. Every year it is reported that the British Ministry of Defence is responsible for 70% of all the carbon dioxide emitted by the UK The army is the […]

#DisarmForOurPlanet

Save our Planet: Disarm!

How could we save the planet?  Here’s a way to do it suggested by the International Peace Bureau. Retiring the cold war era B-1 bomber would create a savings of $3.7 billion over five years. That would be enough to retrofit approximately 4.6 million homes to achieve 20% greater energy efficiency. Help us spread the […]

Maurice Strong

Tribute to Maurice F. Strong (1929 – 2015)

(Original article: Earth Charter International, Nov. 30, 2015) “We are victims of ‘the struggle between ecosystems and egosystems’.  It is the egos of people, governments, businesses that prevent solutions and generate a terrible lack of political will.” Maurice F. Strong speech at the Earth Charter+5November 2005, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Earth Charter International mourns the passing […]

If we want to fund climate change, we must first redirect military spending.

Only 10% of Military Spending Could Fill the Green Climate Fund

With only 10% of global military spending we could easily fill up the green climate fund.   If we want to fund climate change, we must first redirect military spending. We can’t do this without you. The International Peace Bureau needs your support on their campaign! ‪#‎DisarmForOurPlanet‬ ‪#‎COP21‬                     […]

Facts you didn't know about the link between the military and the environment #cop21 #DisarmForOurPlanet

Links Between the Military and the Environment

Facts you didn’t know about the link between the military and the environment.  #cop21 #DisarmForOurPlanet.  For more information visit the International Peace Bureau.                                                                 […]

Dr. Carlos Alberto Torres, President of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES)

Connecting peace education, education for sustainable development & global citizenship education to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda

A Peace Education Manifesto and the role of WCCES. From the desk of World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES) President Carlos Alberto Torres. Our age of global interdependence is being marked not only by the dialectics of the global and the local that we will discuss in Beijing, but also by the dialectics of terrorism and anti-terrorism. I am writing to you as President of WCCES but also as a victim of state terrorism in Argentina that forced me to exile. I would like to invite the WCCES to a dialogue about our moral responsibilities.

Building a Sustainable Present: What can one person do?

  Building a Sustainable Present: What can one person do? A special panel discussion on sustainability and change was convened by the Peace Education Initiative at The University of Toledo on Tuesday, November 10, 2015.   Looking at sustainability, this panel of experts shared work being done at various levels from the grassroots to the […]

The Challenges of Climate Change Education

(Original article: Nayla Naoufal, Earth and Peace Education International – Nov. 2015) As noted in the scientific literature, not only does climate change degrade the environment, diminish natural resources, increase health issues and decrease quality of life, but it is also very likely to exacerbate inequalities and provoke armed conflicts in the future, due to resource scarcities […]