Respected all, On occasion of 150th Birth Celebration of Mahatma Gandhi. Yoga Dharenendra, GNSD and Partners are launching "Gandhi Sagar Lake" Nagpur, India beautification and cleanliness programm based on SDG 2030 theme of United Nation agenda.Kindly request you to bless and support us. If time permits make a visit we will keep you inform. Thank you
September 25, 2018
On occasion of Global Action Day and Foundation Day of SDG , GNSD India started SDG campaign and adopted Gandhi Sagar Lake to convert it first ever lake and garden based on SDG. Members of Peace Clubs for Sustainability, Yoga Dharenendra Bal-Sanskarshala with support of Volunteers of Yoga Dharenendra Multipurpose Charitable Society reached twenty school with SDG Exhibition and Rangoli competition. This events create awarness among students about Sustainable Development Goals agenda 2030.
September 21, 2018
The International Day of Peace is celebrated around the world each year on 21 September. It was established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution. Peace Day celebrates the power of global solidarity and provides a global platform to commit to Peace above all differences. Education is recognized as an important building block of peace. Let’s work together in educating the youth on peace and sustainable development!
September 17, 2018 (India)
Dear Friends, Once again, I am kindly requesting you to share with your network information about the conference in Bhopal. The current deadlines are as presented below:
September 6th and 7th, 2018 (USA)
On the occasion of the Forum on Culture of Peace, Georgina Galanis, the Member of our Board of Directors organized numerous formal and informal meetings with people who potentially could be interested in collaboration with GNSD. Among them there were Dehanne Rise, the Founder and CEO of the Breath~Body~Mind For Transformation and Well-Being, and Virginia Swain, Founder and Director of the Institute for Global Leadership. Evin Schwartz, President of Belouga, Dr. Ashima Mathur, Secretary of GNSD, and Ruchi Kumar, Member of the GNSD Advisory Committee, also participated in these meetings.
On behalf of the Executive Committee of GNSD I would like to express our gratitude to Georgina Galanis for coordination of all these meetings.
September 7th, 2018 (USA)
Together with Georgina Galanis, we met with Jenny Leivadarou, a Greek scholar coming to the UN from the University of Cambridge to research accessibility at the UN for other abled communities. We discussed whether she would be interested to join our Advisory Committee, as well as contribute to the program of the Summer Leadership Camp we are planning to organize in China in July 2019.
Jenny worked as a civil engineer (MEng in Civil Engineering) on big scale international EU and WB projects. She is an expert in water infrastructures (MSc in Water Resources Management). Since the use of a wheelchair became mandatory for her condition in 2012 (Muscular Dystrophy), she made the decision to move to the University of Cambridge, to pursue her dream and get involved in international projects and organizations. The economic and environmental impact of national and international projects was always fascinating to her, hence she obtained an MPhil in Economics of Infrastructures and Regeneration Policies. She continued to pursue a doctoral degree in the Department of Applied Mathematics, where she am currently writing up my PhD thesis in fluid mechanics for green technologies. This degree will be her 5th degree.
During her time at Cambridge she was as a keynote speaker to MIT, Stanford and numerous international conferences. She was privileged to work with Prof. Stephen Hawking on matters of inclusion. She has been a member of the European Economic & Social Committee as a human rights advocate. She also went to India and mentored students, invited by the Global Education and Leadership Foundation. Last year she travelled to Sydney, Australia and collaborated with scientists at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization, funded by the Australian Government’s Super-Science Initiative.
This year she accepted the offer from the UN and she am based in NY for a 3 months placement at the UN headquarters. She works as an engineer for the Department of Management at the Planning, Design and Construction Section. She has three tasks: 1. She is responsible for an accessibility audit at the UN headquarters. The UN is in accordance with the ADA regulations but the goal is to go beyond these minimum requirements towards a universal design that can accommodate every possible need. In that quest, she initiated a collaboration with the inclusion consultants of Google, sharing experience that could be incorporated in the UN project. 2. She is a part of the Global Management of Duty Stations team working on real estate acquisitions and management. 3. She is also a member of the team which currently designs an art exhibition at the UN making use of all the artwork donated to the UN by Member States.
September 6th, 2018 (USA)
Dr. Marek Wosinski met with Dr. Eunhee Jung, Founder and President of IVECA Center for International Virtual Schooling, and CEO of IVECA-KOREA, to discuss potential for a partnership between IVECA and GNSD. They agreed to further discuss how both organizations could share educational materials and collaborate with Beoluga. They also agreed to include IVECA in the program for the International Summer Leadership Camp planned for July 2019.
Dr. Jung’s expertise is in using instructional technology to transform classroom activities towards globally connected teaching and learning, the environment of which is cross-culturally situated to promote interculturally competent global citizens who can contribute to peace and sustainable development.
During her graduate tenure, Dr. Jung developed Intercultural Virtual Exchange of Classroom Activities (IVECA) that allows students in any school levels can study together on subject matters and socialize through the web platform. Her research not only proved the effects of internationalizing school education but also demonstrated 21st-century intercultural teaching and learning models and suggested key factors for practical and sustainable integration of IVECA into diverse education systems.
Since 2009, Dr. Jung has provided consultation for and worked collaboratively with K-12 schools, universities, technology firms, NGOs, and ministries/offices of education in diverse countries including but not exclusively the United States, Canada, South Korea, Panama, Mexico, Brazil, Guatemala, Colombia, Argentina, Bhutan, Gambia, Tunisia, China, India, Australia, and Papua New Guinea. As a former elementary educator, she played key roles in multiple model school projects and the School System Automation campaign under the Korea Ministry of Education in late 1990's.
The United States Distance Learning Association recognized her work with the 21st Century Best Practice Award for Excellence in Distance Learning in 2009. She obtained her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in instructional technology from the University of Virginia. She earned her B.Ed. in Elementary Teacher Education with a concentration in Science Education from Seoul National University of Education.
In the opening statement Mrioslav Lajcak, President of the UN General Assembly, said:
"Peace should not be a theory. It should not be a principle, or an aim, or an outcome. It should not have a budget or timeline. Instead, peace should be something that we can touch, see, feel, and experience – on a daily basis. It should be in the air around us, or on the ground we walk on. It should be, in essence, a CULTURE”
In his presentation, Mr. Lajcak put the stress on three aspects of the culture of peace:
1. Creating peace takes a lot of time. Cultures do not come about in a day or week, neither does peace.
2. “The culture of peace” is a very simple phrase. It can be easily translated into different languages. It can be understood – even without a degree in philosophy, or years of experience at the United Nations.
3. Culture of peace is not yet a reality. Conflicts rage on, across the world. International terrorism poses as grave a threat as ever. And political and religious intolerance is rising. But we have chosen not to accept this, as our fate. In fact, through this resolution – and this Forum – we are saying no. There is hope that we can achieve a culture of peace for all.
In conclusion, he said: “We have moved from reactive to proactive; from response to prevention, from concentrating on the effects of conflict to exploring the accelerators of peace. And central to that has been a renewed focus on conflict prevention and peacebuilding – which are all part of a larger cycle of Sustaining Peace. “ For us members of GNSD the most important part of his speech was this: “We cannot achieve a culture of peace from a hall like this. We need to take action on the ground. And we need new approaches. For example, students all over the world are studying peace theory in university. But maybe we need to start much sooner. Maybe young children should not, only, be learning lessons in math and history – but also in humanity and peace…. And we must remember: culture includes– not just some – but everyone.S o, gender equality is crucial. Every time a woman is denied her voice, her rights, or her place in society – we are taking a step away from a culture of peace. Also, if young people continue to be excluded from our decisions and processes, we won’t get very far. So, we need everyone involved. From heads of states and top United Nations officials, to the people who work, for the United Nations, academic institutions or NGOs on the ground.”
We would like all GNSD members to read the above message as a confirmation that our network is going it the right direction, and in a joint effort we have a chance to make a signifficant contribution to creation of the culture of peace. I would like to express my gratitude to all activists in our network who contributed to implementation of our mission.
September 5th, 2018 (USA)
The High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace was followed by the Panel Discussion moderated by Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Founder of the Global Movement for the Culture of Peace, Former Under-Secretary-General and High Level Representative of the United Nations. He was a Chair of the UN General Assembly drafting committee for the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture on Peace (1998-1999).
The panelists were:
Ms. Rosemary A. DiCarlo, Under-Secretary General for Politial Affairs H.E. Mr. Juan Jose Gomez Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico H.E. Mr. Lazarus Ombai Amayo, Permanent Representative of Kenya Ms. Marei Paule Roudil, Director of UNESCO Office in New York, and UNESCO Representative to the United nations. Ms. Rachel C. Allen, Director, Peace and Justice Institute., Valencia College, Orlando, Florida.
After brief presentations made by panelists the Chairmen was inviting Ambassadors from different countries to present their statements. The content of these statements was very much diversified, from very abstract presented in a sophisticated language, through political statements, to very down to earth ground level ideas. The last ones were usually presented by small countries. In a sense, it was not a real discussion, as each presenter was reading a statement prepared in advance, there was no opportunity to ask questions nor to respond to presented statements. Only at the end of the session there was 10 minuets for an open floor. I was lucky enough to have few minutes to talk about our network.
Finally, I had an opportunity to introduce GNSD to the authors of the most from our perspective interesting presentations: H.E. Penelope Beckles, Ambassador/Permanent Representative of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago; Mr. Chu Guang, First Secretary of the permanent Mission of P.R of China; Monsignor Tomasz Grysa, Permanent Observer of the Hole See, and Amparo Mele Colifa, Deputy Permanent Representative of Mission of Equatorial Guinea.
Alltogether, Georgina, Ashima, and myself we had the feeling that our mission and plans go in the directions indicated in the guidelines for peace and sustainability education suggested by most of the presenters.
Ambassador Chowdhury and Dr. Marek Wosinski
Dr. Ashima Mathur and Dr. Marek Wosinski
Georgina Galanis and Dr. Marek Wosinski
September 4, 2018 (USA)
Dr. Marek Wosinski met in New York with Lord Pomperada, President of the World Youth Alliance (WUA) to discuss potential for collaboration between WYA and GNSD.
Since 1999 the WAY has grown to include tens of thousands of members around the world with six regional offices, all dedicated to the defense of the dignity of the person through education, culture, and advocacy.
The mission of WYA is to promote the dignity of the person by building a global coalition of young people able to articulate, defend and live the dignity of the person in their lives and influence the communities and world in which they live.
The vision of WYA is the world in which the dignity of the person is the foundation for policy and program implementation; in which we understand that progress entails a commitment to the dignity of each human person and the adoption of person-centered solutions.
The WYA’s educational programs equip students of all ages with the resources, training and intellectual formation to promote the dignity of the human person. They offer a wide selection of both formal and informal educational and training programs to develop a deeper understanding of human dignity. Their materials are designed to be adapted to different communities and ages as needed.