The Europe-wide GLOBAL EDUCATION WEEK will take place from 18 to 24 November 2019. The motto is:

Wake Up! Last call for climate protection!

The GLOBAL EDUCATION WEEK 2019 calls for activities for climate protection. Schools, universities, local initiatives and associations are invited to participate with their own contributions: with workshops, video clips, exhibitions etc. that inform and motivate to protect the climate. The GLOBAL EDUCATION WEEK refers to the 17 sustainability goals of the UN Agenda 2030.

In September 2015, the United Nations adopted the 17 sustainability goals of the Agenda 2030 (Sustainable Development Goals - SDGs). Goal 13 stipulates measures for climate protection. Goals 14 and 15 advocate careful use of resources in water and on land. To ensure that effective climate protection begins immediately and can succeed worldwide, we focus on joint Global Learning and the exchange of knowledge between civil society actors from countries in the global South and North.

The GLOBAL EDUCATION WEEK in Germany is coordinated by the Information Centre Educational Mandate North-South at the World University Service (WUS). Throughout Europe it is supported by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe. The campaign can be found on Twitter and Facebook under the hashtags #GlobalEducationWeek and #GEW2019.

We invite you to take part to one or several events and activities to make the subjects of the Global Learning by the Global Education Week more visible. We are looking forward to receive numerous event ideas! For questions and further information, please contact the Information Centre Educational Mandate North-South (Informationsstelle Bildungsauftrag Nord-Süd) at 0611 944 61 70 or infostelle[at]wusgermany.de.

Please click here to find a list of all projects, events and activities in 2019 (in German).

 

"Overcoming fear of heights at the UN summit!" ─ Civil Society Declaration on German Sustainability Policy (31 May 2019)

In an open letter to the Federal Government, 118 civil society organizations in Germany call for a decisive implementation of the UN-Agenda 2030. Climate protection is one of the seventeen goals of the Agenda 2030.

The Agenda 2030 was adopted by the United Nations in September 2015 and follows the principle “leave no one behind”. There are seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in which measures are formulated that are to be implemented by 2030 in order to enable all people worldwide to live in dignity. In addition to combating poverty and hunger, health care and education are among the issues that are being tackled. Other explicitly addressed topics include ecological issues: SDGs 13, 14 and 15 formulate measures for climate protection (SDG 13) and call for responsible use of resources and life under water (SDG 14) as well as on land (SDG 15). In September 2019, a UN summit in New York will address the accomplishments and problems related to the implementation of the Agenda 2030.

In a letter from 31 May 2019, the 118 signing German organizations called on the German government ahead of the upcoming UN summit to stop neglecting its responsibilities and to implement sustainable policies immediately. They stress the urgency of an environment- and climate-friendly change in energy, transport and agricultural policy. The worldwide inequality within and between states must be countered and a dignified life in peace for all people must be made possible. “If the whole world lived like Germany, we would need three planets. Since the German and European economic and social model is not sustainable - neither ecologically nor socially or economically - and incompatible with global justice”, the first paragraph of the declaration states. Ecological sustainability can only be achieved if social and economic sustainability is realized as well.

The World University Service (WUS) which coordinates the Europe-wide GLOBAL EDUCATION WEEK in Germany has co-signed the letter of the 118 organizations. The Europe-wide action week this year has the motto "Wake Up! Last call for climate protection" and is dedicated to the ecological sustainability goals of the Agenda 2030, the SDGs 13, 14 and 15.