Joining Colleagues Around the Globe in Support of
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all
Sponsored by the Coalition of Lifelong Learning Organizations
Where do I fit
Global Partnership for Sustainable Development (GPSD)
An International Symposium
Your work and the work of your lifelong learning organization have significant impacts on the people and area you serve. But did you know your work is now and can be to an even greater extent a part of a global effort?
On September 25th, 2015,countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.
Partner organizations like yours around the globe are examining and refocusing their efforts around a set of GPSD principles:
We are determined to end poverty and hunger, in all their forms and dimensions, and to ensure that all human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment.
We are determined to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations.
We are determined to ensure that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives and that economic, social and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature.
We are determined to foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence. There can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development.
We are determined to mobilize the means required to implement this Agenda through a revitalized Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, based on a spirit of strengthened global solidarity, focused in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable and with the participation of all countries, all stakeholders and all people.
The interlinkages and integrated nature of the Sustainable Development Goals are of crucial importance in ensuring that the purpose of the new Agenda is realized. If we realize our ambitions across the full extent of the Agenda, the lives of all will be profoundly improved and our world will be transformed for the better.
The focus is on partnerships because people (particularly adults) rarely need to improve only their education skills. Often, they also need support services, training, mental health, public health as well as a conflict free, healthy environment in which to live. Each of our organizations cannot respond to all of adult learners’ needs alone, but in partnership with other public, private and non-profit organizations we can create a system of services to enable our participants to prosper.
Below is a list of the 17 United Nations’ Goals for Sustainable Development followed by an explanation of goal number 4 that speaks to lifelong learning, directly, although lifelong learning is essential to effect many of the other goals as well.
Opportunity: We have an opportunity to learn from our colleagues throughout the United States as well as lifelong learning organizations around the world regarding efforts we can take to expand our services, build partnerships and provide a system of services for those for whom we want to serve. The sum is > its parts.
Join our Symposium: The Coalition for Lifelong Learning Organizations (COLLO, http://thecollo.org/) in collaboration with the International Council on Adult Education will sponsor an international symposium on Monday, October 3, 2016 to bring together colleagues from around the globe to share strategies and resources for meeting the Goals for Sustainable Development. There will be a very nominal fee for participating on site (to cover lunch and refreshment costs), and you will be able to join the symposium virtually from anywhere via your computer or mobile device without any charge. You MUST be registered to join. (See below.)
This symposium is a RARE OPPORTUNITY to hear from and interact with:
- Katarina Popović, Secretary General, International Council on Adult Education (Serbia)
- Dan Wagner, UNESCO Chair in Learning and Literacy (Philadelphia)
- Arne Carlsen, Executive Director, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (Hamburg)
- Budd Hall, UNESCO Co-Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility (Victoria)
- US State Department Staff (Washington)
- Your colleagues across North America, including a panel with:
- Allison Wright, U.S. National Commission for UNESCO (or representative)
- Ronald Cameron, Immediate Past (retired) Director of ICÉA (Insitut de coopération pour l’éducation des adultes) Montreal, Canada
- Mary Beth Lakin, Director of College and University Partnerships, American Council on Education
- Scott Campbell, Vice President for Higher Education, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)
- Peter Waite, Executive Vice President, Pro Literacy Worldwide
To be added to the distribution list for details and registration, please email COLLO’s President, Linda Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register now at: https://www.regonline.com/COLLO2016