How Do International Organizations Describe Global Citizenship?


In this page you can see the links of how international organizations introduce about the concept of global citizenship.

United Nations

Global citizenship is the umbrella term for social, political, environmental, and economic actions of globally minded individuals and communities on a worldwide scale. The term can refer to the belief that individuals are members of multiple, diverse, local and non-local networks rather than single actors affecting isolated societies. Promoting global citizenship in sustainable development will allow individuals to embrace their social responsibility to act for the benefit of all societies, not just their own.

The concept of global citizenship is embedded in the Sustainable Development Goals though SDG 4: Insuring Inclusive and Quality Education for All and Promote Life Long Learning, which includes global citizenship as one of its targets. By 2030, the international community has agreed to ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including global citizenship. 

Source: United Nations


Participants of the Second UNESCO Forum on Global Citizenship Education 28-30 January 2015, UNESCO HQ, Paris.

UNESCO Youtube ChannelGlobal citizenship is…

Societies across the world have long lived according to principles that emphasize solidarity, dialogue and respect for diversity. It is from this rich well of practices that UNESCO’s Global Citizenship Education (GCED) programme draws inspiration — to instill in learners the skills, values, attitudes and behaviors to ‘live together’ and help shape more peaceful, sustainable societies and world. GCED is not a new concept, but an aspiration long-held across the world.

UNESCO Youtube ChannelGlobal Citizenship Education: Taking it Local!

The UNESCO video on “Learning to live together in peace through Global Citizenship Education” explains the importance of Global Citizenship Education (GCED) in a globalized and increasingly interconnected and interdependent world. GCED is key to understand the interconnections between the local and the global and nurture a sense of belonging to a common humanity. It builds motivation to assume active roles to contribute to a more just, peaceful, tolerant and sustainable world. The video also illustrates how GCED can be delivered in and outside of schools.

UNESCO Youtube ChannelLearning to live together in peace through Global Citizenship Education


A global citizen is someone who is aware of and understands the wider world – and their place in it. They take an active role in their community and work with others to make our planet more peaceful, sustainable and fairer.


OXFAM offers various tools and ideas to support enhancement of global citizenship education.

Oxfam sees the global citizen as someone who:

• Is aware of the wider world and has a sense of their own role as a world citizen.

• Respects and values diversity.

• Has an understanding of how the world works.

• Is passionately committed to social justice.

• Participates in the community at a range of levels, from the local to the global.

• Works with others to make the world a more equitable and sustainable place.

• Takes responsibility for their actions.


World Economic Forum

Global citizenship is not the same as globalization. Globalization — the process by which organizations develop international influence or operate on an international scale — is driven by economics, business and money. It’s about the flow of products, capital, people and information. Global citizenship, on the other hand, is driven by identity and values. Global citizens build bridges, mitigate risk and safeguard humanity. While globalization is under hot debate today, we have never needed global citizens more than now.

April RinneFounder and Principal, April Worldwide –

World Economic Forum shares many posts on global citizenship by multiple authors and explains what it is and why it is important to pursue global citizenship enhancement.

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