CUNY BA Agenda Incorporated in the Gyeongju Action Plan

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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaking at the Conference

CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies (CUNY BA) participated in the 66th United Nations Department of Public Information Non-Governmental Conference (NGO Conference) titled “Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Together.” The event took place in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea, from May 30 to June 1, 2016. At the Conference, CUNY BA was represented by its Academic Advisor, Rafal Szczurowski.

Over the course of three days, world’s non-governmental organizations and educational institutions debated strategies to mobilize global civil society to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). During roundtable discussions, workshops and youth gatherings, participants focused on education as an entry point for implementing and achieving the SDGs. The conference strived for a comprehensive Action Plan for NGOs and academia to facilitate successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

The Gyeongju Action Plan was developed through a global multi-stakeholder consultation process, leading up to, and during the conference. Mr. Szczurowski participated in the drafting of the final version. Due to his efforts, the Action Plan incorporates a provision urging member states and the UN to “promote experiential learning, interdisciplinary studies, online learning, and intercultural exchanges to prepare students and educators to become global citizens.” See here for the whole document.

The Gyeongju Action Plan was adopted at the Conference’s final plenary session on June 1, 2016, and will be shared widely with civil society as well as the UN Secretary-General, the UN System, Member States and learning communities.