UNESCO charting the course of Global Citizenship Education (GCE)


In a globalized world, it is imperative that learners acquire, not only cognitive knowledge and skills, but also values, attitudes and communication skills as a critical complement. This was one of the major conclusions of the Technical Consultation on Global Citizenship Education (GCE) that was organized by UNESCO and the Republic of Korea in Seoul on 9-10 September 2013.

The Consultation also clarified common perspectives on the following questions:

  • What is global citizenship education?
  • Why support global citizenship and global citizenship education now?
  • What needs to be done at the global level to support and promote global citizenship education?

Building on the consensus achieved at the Seoul meeting, a second consultation will be held on the subject with a larger group of stakeholders in Bangkok (Thailand) from 2 to 4 December 2013: the First International UNESCO Forum on Global Citizenship Education.  

The Forum, organized in support of the Global Education First Initiative, will dive deeper into the subject matter by exploring the implications of this emerging perspective in the areas of policy, research and practice, outreach and partnership building with all categories of constituencies (government, development partners, civil society, research and academia). Innovations and latest trends in this new field will also be highlighted, discussed and documented. Finally, it is expected that the Forum will provide participants with the opportunity to expand their networks, share their experiences and ideas, and develop and prioritize actions for supporting greater implementation of GCE at the country level.


The outcome document of the Consultation - "Global Citizenship Education: An Emerging Perspective" (PDF)

Education for the 21st Century

For more information, please contact gce(at)unesco.org