6-10 March 2017, Ottawa, Canada

Call for application for Young Leaders in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCED)

Application deadline: 27th of January, 2017, 23:59 hrs. (GMT)
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Please include/attach the following documents along with your application:

CV *

Copy of your valid Passport *

Brief Bio with a High resolution photo *

Last name (as appears on the passport) *

First name (as appears on the Passport) *

Date of birth (Date/Month/Year) *

Place of birth *

(Please mention as state, country. Eg. New Delhi, India)
Nationality *

Gender *

Passport Number

Postal Address (Current) *

(Complete Address with PIN Code is required)
Cell Phone Number (Including Country and Area Codes) *

Telephone Number (Including Country and Area Codes)

Twitter and Facebook handle *

(Eg. @robin)
Personal Webpage/Blog link

(Please share complete link that can help us access the page)
Skype ID *

Language Proficiency (read, write and speak) - English and/or French: *

Language Proficiency – other UNESCO working languages
(Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish):

(mention languages)
Section II – Professional  Background 

Affiliation/ Organisation

(Name of the Organisation you're currently working with)

Area of expertise:

Postal Address of the Organisation

Organisation website

Organisation Social Media/Blog links

(Please share complete link that can help us access the page)
Section III – Experience in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCED) 

Highlight/share ONE example from your professional experience of policymaking/influencing/capacity building /advocacy in the area of ESD or GCED which you feel had the most impact or you are proud of?
Please try and cite measurable outcomes/achievements – policy change, global campaigns etc.).

Please share website/article/blog/Social media links to online documentation of your work.

What according to you is missing or could be improved upon in the current discourse around (ESD) and (GCED)

How do you see yourself contributing towards the overall objectives of the Conference?

(Word limit: 150)
What is your strategy to follow-up on the outcomes of the conference and engage the larger community of ESD and GCED practitioners and inform the general public?

If selected, would you need travel sponsorship to travel to Ottawa, Canada?

(Check the travel sponsorship details in Terms and Conditions)
Terms and conditions *

1. Confidentiality and data protection: The organisers value the privacy of the applicant. Any personal information made available as part of the online application shall be kept confidential. All personal information, such as name and contact information, is collected by the organisers solely for the purpose of selection of youth participants and shall not be used for any other purpose without the participant’s express consent. By providing this information, the participant gives consent to it being used for the stated purposes. 

2. Selection Criteria: The selection of participants will be made by the organizers. Completion of this application does not guarantee selection, which will be the sole and absolute discretion of the organizers. The deadline for submission of all applications is Friday 27th January, 2017 at 23:59 hrs GMT Only complete applications received by this date will be considered. The selected applicants will be notified by the organizers between 3-5 February 2017. The organizers will review all received applications and make the selection on the basis of the following criteria and considerations:

· Age of applicant: Must be between 18 and 35 years old as on June 1, 2016.        
· Active and quality participation in the online discussion prior to the conference on UNESCO MGIEP’s social media channels between January 3 – 27, 2017 is MANDATORY.
· The selection committee will evaluate the applicants based on their application form as well as active participation in the online discussions.
· Engagement and expertise in the field of ESD and GCED in policy, advocacy and capacity-building.
· The degree of leadership, engagement or initiative undertaken at community/country/regional/global levels, related to the Conference theme
· Outreach to disseminate the results of the conference and act as multipliers through own networks, social media, and digital and traditional media platforms.
· Commitment to advance ESD and GCED in own communities and through wider networks post the conference.
· Geographic, gender, age, and sector diversity (education, policy design, international development, research) will be considered during the selection process.

Please note:
· Incomplete and/or late applications will be disqualified
· The organizers reserve the right to amend the criteria of selection or to terminate the application process at any time without any liability to any applicant. Any amendments to this process will be posted on the Website.

3. Travel Sponsorship

Limited number of participants will receive travel sponsorship. Priority will be given to applicants from developing countries and on the merit of application. The organizers will provide roundtrip air tickets between the participant’s nearest airport and Ottawa, as well as accommodation and meals. The sole and absolute discretion of travel sponsorship is with the organizers and the decisions made by the organizers is final. Please note all participants receiving support are expected and responsible to bear some of the associated travel cost such as domestic transportation, visa application and traveler’s insurance. 

1).The UNESCO Week for Peace and Sustainable Development: the Role of Education in Ottawa, Canada (6-10 March 2017) presents a unique platform for discussion on two key programmes of UNESCO’s Education Sector, namely Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCED), and their practical contribution in achieving Target 4.7 of the Sustainable Development Goal 4 on Education. The Week will focus on the issue of teachers and teacher training, and highlight best practices in the field of ESD and GCED.

2) Background
Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCED) are two major programmes that contribute to make education relevant to today’s global challenges. They aim to ensure that all learners – of all ages – acquire the knowledge, skills and values needed to promote sustainable and peaceful societies.

Since the launch of the United Nations Global Education First Initiative in 2012 and the declaration of the UN Decade on ESD for the years 2005-2014, ESD and GCED have continuously gained momentum; both are included under Sustainable Development Goal 4-Target 4.7* of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and are, indeed, relevant for the achievement of all other Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda. 

*Target 4.7: By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and nonviolence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.”    

We believe that engaging with youth is critical for the realization of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 4.7 which focuses on obtaining quality education.

To that effect, we are looking for 50 dynamic young people from across the globe, cutting across multiple sectors, who are committed to building a more peaceful and sustainable world through education.
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