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International Day of Education

Concept Note

Introduction

In 2017, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and Collegiate Congress (CCI). Since the agreement between the two entities, Collegiate Congress has been involved in the work of the United Nations. The Collegiate Congress Inc. is a student advocacy organization. The main purposes are to awaken interest in Multilateral Diplomacy and International Relations. Carry out its activities in the spirit of the Charter of the United Nations (and its Specialized Agencies) in accordance with the Chapter I of the Article 1 (Purposes and Principles). The Collegiate Congress was founded in Fall of 2014 with the mission to preserve affordability and accessibility of higher education within New York State. The organization takes the responsibility to protect, preserve and promote the rights of the student body, furthering the cause for higher education and promoting the general welfare of the students. The Collegiate Congress was formed by a collective mission of elected student leaders of New York City colleges and universities. The organization supports hereby the equality of States, the realization of the Charter of the United Nations and the strengthening of trust among peoples. In this context, the organization fully endorses and supports the Sustainable Goal (SDG) Goal 4: Quality Education" Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’’.  In the other hands, it should be noted that the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is a training arm of the United Nations System, and has the mandate to enhance the effectiveness of the UN through diplomatic training, and to increase the impact of national actions through public awareness-raising, education, training of public policy officials. The Institute covers topics in the broad areas of supporting capacity building for the 2013 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Strengthening of Multilateralism among other tasks.

In this context, In 2018, both Institutions have worked together to coordinate a Programme entitled ‘’the International Relations and Global Diplomacy Program’’ such initiative was organized in partnership between the United Nations Institute for Training and Research along with the Collegiate Congress, and have developed a curriculum that sees a brighter future through diplomacy. This newly-designed program allows participants to listen to and learn about international relations and politics from those actively engaged in these fields — the diplomats themselves. Envisioned for students currently enrolled in Political Science, International Relations, Urban Affairs, or a similar academic program, the desire to better understand world affairs is a must. The Programme provides the rare opportunity for students to learn about diplomacy from diplomats themselves. Although there is no shortage of courses on global politics and policies, few (if any) provides this education through the context of first-hand experience – experience the United Nations is uniquely situated to provide. 

Through this method students will gain an understanding of current global issues, and of the shape of things to come – on the scene, as they happen. 

The lectures are current UN ambassadors, diplomats, and delegates, with material covering a range of global issues from the past, present, and future. In Keeping with the spirit of this “real-world” learning methodology, courses will blend classroom instruction with observation of UN General Assembly sessions and other UN forums. Students will develop a global political perspective through a first-hand look at the modern statecraft. The understanding of global leadership provided by this Programme is something few ever experience – a diplomatic education that is personal and indepth. This breadth of understanding is complimented by its depth, so that even often overlooked aspects of leadership are considered by better understanding the lives of the leaders themselves. Befitting the mindset of global diplomacy, students will be encouraged to think collaboratively, creatively, and critically. These skills will be applied to various mechanisms of diplomacy, the discourse of media, and the responsibilities of being part of the global community, ultimately with the goal of developing more socially aware and politically active students.

Purpose

This proposal requests all member states to observe an International Day of Education or International Education Day by the United Nations. The International Day of Education promotes awareness and advocates for the importance of education globally.

As every member-state affirms that education is a high priority, observing an International Day of Education acknowledges the value and importance of the benefits, not only for each member-states’ population, but also acknowledging the positive externalities that education promotes worldwide is a natural next step towards enhancing a developed peaceful global community.

The world populace has collectively globalized, advanced and become increasingly interdependent; accordingly, we must adapt to accommodate this worldwide interdependence by creating inclusive and modernized academic programs. Therefore, this proposal encourages all member states to incorporate a UN Studies academic major—with particular emphasis on the three pillars of the UN—at each of their respective academic institutions both public and private. In this manner, member states will enable their student populace to attain education about the most significant administrative office in the world working toward making the world a better place.

U N International Days

The United Nations designates specific days, weeks, years and decades as occasions to mark particular events or topics in order to promote, through awareness and action, the objectives of the Organization. Usually, it is one or more Member States that propose these observances and the General Assembly establishes them with a resolution. 

For the purpose of the resolution, three major arguments should be made, in other words, the draft resolution should contain the following components or parts:

1-     International Youth Day

2-     The Security Council Resolution on Youth Peace and Security

3-     Goal 4 of the 2030 Agenda and the targets

4-     Youth Dialogue by the President of the General Assembly and the Youth Forum by the ECOSOC.

5-     Any other related issues such as any other relevant documents of the Third Committee and the Plenary of the General Assembly among others.

 A-International Youth Day: 12 August International Youth Day  (A/RES/54/120) On 17 December 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) that 12 August be declared International Youth Day.

Since the adoption of Security Council Resolution S/RES/2250 (2015) in 2015, there is growing recognition that as agents of change, young people’s inclusion in the peace and security agenda and in society more broadly, is key to building and sustaining peace. Another Security Council Resolution S/RES/2282 (2016) reaffirms the important role youth can play in deterring and resolving conflicts, and are key constituents in ensuring the success of both peacekeeping and peacebuilding efforts. "Youth Building Peace".

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Steps to be considered for the International Day of Education or International Education Day

Now in the framework of the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs) that was adopted in 2015, one of the Objectives of Collegiate Congress is to fully implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in which the Agenda is a plan of action for people (special focus on Young People). In this background, the Organization, namely the Collegiate Congress and other partners would like to propose that an International Day to be observed by the United Nations explicitly ‘the International Day of Education or International Education DaY’, such declaration would be in line of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Goal 4: Quality Education" Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’’. 

Having said that and taking into account the General Assembly Branch, Collegiate Congress (CC) would like to present a proposal to declare or proclaim in 2019 ‘’ the International Day of Education or International Education Day’’. Such proposal should follow the following points: Department for General Assembly and Conference Management 30th Floor.

Under the Umbrella of: Agenda of the seventy-third session of the General Assembly*

A.  Promotion of sustained economic growth and sustainable development in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the General Assembly and recent United Nations conferences:

Agenda 14. Integrated and coordinated implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the major United Nations conferences and summits in the economic, social and related fields.

1.Organizational, administrative and other matters:

Agenda 117. Follow-up to the outcome of the Millennium Summit.

Again International Days: The United Nations designates specific days, weeks, years and decades as occasions to mark particular events or topics in order to promote, through awareness and action, the objectives of the Organization. Usually, it is one or more Member States that propose these observances and the General Assembly establishes them with a resolution. 

On occasion, these celebrations are declared by the specialized agencies of the United Nations, such as UNESCO, UNICEF, FAO, etc., when they concern issues that fall within the scope of their competencies.  Some of them may be later adopted by the General Assembly.

Finally, Collegiate Congress would like to request and invite the Distinguished Government of His Excellency to promote and propose the observance of the International Day of Education to other Member States to the UN.  Collegiate Congress will work with Member States and other partners to prepare a draft resolution to be adopted during the Main Part of the 73rd Session of the General Assembly in 2018.