Transforming a new humanistic visition of global education into reality

A virtual webinar co-hosted by the Global Campaign for Peace Education and NISSEM 

When: Monday, May 20, 2024, 10:00-11:30 am EST
Where: Zoom

The groundbreaking 2023 Recommendation on Education for Peace, Human Rights and Sustainable Development was adopted by all UNESCO Member States in November of last year. This visionary document updates, expands, and now supersedes the 1974 ​​Recommendation concerning Education for International Understanding, Co-operation and Peace and Education relating to Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, which sought to unite countries under a broad humanistic banner in which education becomes a driving force for global peace, international understanding, and human rights. The newly adopted 2023 Recommendation acknowledges education in all its forms (formal, non-formal, and informal) and throughout the course of life as a powerful force that shapes how we see the world and treat others. The text of the newly adopted Recommendation advances a detailed framework for transforming education in pursuit of lasting peace, human dignity, and social and climate justice.

This special webinar brings together a group of international experts who will explore the potentialities and challenges in converting the vision of the 2023 Recommendation into local, national and international realities. The presentations and discussion will highlight the different roles political leaders, civil society groups and international organizations can play in implementing key principles and priorities in the Recommendation.

Advanced Registration Required



Chair/ Moderator 

  • Jean Bernard, Co-Convenor, NISSEM


  • Cecilia Barbieri / Lydia Ruprecht, Section of Global Citizenship and Peace Education, Division for Peace and Sustainable Development, UNESCO, Paris, France
  • Heila Lotz-Sisitka, Distinguished Professor, Education Department, Rhodes University, South Africa
  • Jordan Naidoo, Former Acting Director, UNESCO International Institute of Educational Planning, Paris, France
  • Rilli Lappalainen, President of CONCORD Europe, Chair of Bridge47, and Director of FINGO
  • Tony Jenkins, Assistant Teaching Professor, Program on Justice & Peace Studies, Georgetown University; Coordinator, Global Campaign for Peace Education; Managing Director, International Institute on Peace Education


  • Aaron Benavot, Professor, Department of Educational Policy and Leadership, School of Education, University at Albany-SUNY, Albany, NY, USA
  • James Williams,Professor, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, Elliott School of International Affairs, UNESCO Chairholder in International Education for Development, The George Washington University, Washington DC, USA

Event Organizers

This event is co-organized and co-hosted by the Global Campaign for Peace Education and NISSEM (Networking to Integrate SDG Target 4.7 and Social and Emotional Learning into Educational Materials)


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