Action Alerts

Call for Nominations: Edward O’Brien Human Rights Education Award

In memory of Ed O’Brien, pioneer human right educator and valued member of Human Rights Educators (HRE) USA who died suddenly this summer, the organization’s Steering Committee has established the Edward O’Brien Human Rights Education Award. The award recognizes an outstanding contribution to human rights education in the United States. Nominations are due June 15.

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.

Shrinking Civic Space: Add you thoughts to the Charter of Civic Participation

The International Civil Society Centre is bringing key actors together in defense of democracy and civic participation to develop a Charter of Civic Participation – a basis for international solidarity and a collectively agreed reference point for civil society organizations and citizens. They want to hear the voices of civic activists, no matter whether they work in grass roots communities, on digital platforms or in civil society organizations (CSOs). 1. Why is space for civic action important? 2. What provisions are necessary for civic action?

Call for Student Papers: 12th Annual Morton Deutsch Awards for Social Justice

The Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR) at Teachers College, Columbia University, is sponsoring the 12th annual Morton Deutsch Award for an Outstanding Graduate Student Paper on Social Justice. Morton Deutsch, one of the world’s preeminent psychologists, has made significant contributions over the many years of his career in the areas of conflict resolution and social justice. The Morton Deutsch Awards are designed to recognize innovative scholarship and practice in the area of social justice. Papers are due February 15.

Call to Contribute Ideas/Curricula & Report of Recent Actions Supporting the UN Open Ended Working Group on Nuclear Disarmament

On January 28, the UN Open Ended Working Group on nuclear disarmament (OEWG) will hold its first session in Geneva. The OEWG, open to all UN member states and to representatives of civil society, was established by the UN General Assembly to work on legal measures and norms to achieve a world without nuclear weapons. UNFOLD ZERO provides an overview of civil society actions and preparations for the OEWG and is hosting a competition to gather civil society actions – winners could win a trip to Geneva to participate in May sessions. In support of these efforts, the Global Campaign for Peace Education invites readers to submit study units and courses syllabi on nuclear disarmament that will be published on the Campaign website.

International Children’s Peace Prize: Call for Nominations

The International Children’s Peace Prize is awarded annually to a child who fights courageously for children’s rights. Each year’s winner has, in his or her own way, demonstrated tremendous commitment to combating problems that millions of children face. The winner will receive the statuette ‘Nkosi, which shows how a child sets the world in motion, a study grant, and a worldwide platform to promote his or her ideals to the benefit of children’s rights. Furthermore, KidsRights will invest a project fund of €100,000 in projects that are closely connected to the winner’s area of work, in the country of the winner. Nominations are due March 14.

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