Global citizenship towards a definition

Find out more and support our work here. Today the forces of global engagement are helping some people identify themselves as global citizens, meaning that they have a sense of belonging to a world community. Yet, despite such efforts, we have a long way to go before there is a global policy and institutional infrastructure that can support our emerging world community and the values it stands for.

What is Global Citizenship?

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They have resulted in a growing body of international agreements, treaties, legal statutes, and technical standards. Currently, the nation-state system and the United Nations offer no way for the people of the world to vote for world officials or participate in governing our world.

The growing interconnectedness among people, countries, and economies means that there is a global dimension to who we are. Hundreds of cities mundialised themselves over a few years, most of them in France, and then it spread internationally, including to many German cities and to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Global governance organizational leaders are usually distant and removed from those that their institutions serve. Instinctively, we feel a connection with others around the world yet we lack the adequate tools, resources, and support to act on our vision.

Education for global citizenship is not an additional subject - it's a framework for learning, reaching beyond school to the wider community.

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What is Global Citizenship?