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Global Consciousness

 A roadmap on Global Consciousness: "Thinking and Learning for the 21st Century”.

In an era when relationships between nations as well as individuals are undergoing deep transformations, traditional approaches must be enriched with new perspectives, helping people to think themselves and act as global intercultural citizens whose readiness to dialogue will constitute the cement of peace in the 21st Century. It is imperative to think about and succeed not only in adopting a broader world view, but also in aiding young women and men in adopting such view that enables them to “think about the world” and to find and shape their place in it. Recognizing at once the universality of humankind, the multiplicity of world views, the variety of social identities and the diversity of cultural belongings is indeed indispensable to overcome national fixations, ethnic narrow narratives and instrumental ways of perceiving the world, and to redefine our relationship with the environment. All people and nations are wronged when the uniqueness of nature and culture is destroyed, be it though biodiversity losses or intentional destructions of heritage. The awareness of the dual need for a culture of peace and sustainable development shall be the hallmark of the kind of global intercultural citizenship UNESCO has set itself to promote.

The objectives of the project are:

  • to raise consciousness in various settings, notably through high level events, expert workshops and advocacy campaigns, and
  • to help develop tools and guidelines intended for governments and civil society to debate, design and implement curricula and other materials conducive to a global consciousness and global intercultural citizenship.


Project coordinated by the Intersectoral Platform for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence