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Global Events Calendar, 2015

January 9, 2015

As socialist visionary, Scott Nearing, said in his 1944 book United World; “A world society cannot be haphazard… It can only be deliberative and experimental, planned and built up with particular objectives and with the aid of all available knowledge concerning the principles of social organization.”December 2014 Picture

Your world is changing, and each year, in an effort to understand the transformation taking place during the next 12 months, Forcing Change publishes a “Global Calendar of Events.” The purpose of this calendar is simple: Shed light on events planned for the new year, and how those activities speak to the idea of a “united world.” Like other “new year” calendars put together by Forcing Change, this one lists dates and places, and provides some context to help you understand how the event plays into the theme of world transformation.

This year, 55 listings from around the world make up the Forcing Change “Global Calendar of Events.” If you have a subscription membership to Forcing Change, log in and download the complete edition today. For everyone else, here’s a little teaser – a handful of events to watch for in this new year. Note: Some information, such as the development of the Post-2015 Agenda, is more fully explained in the complete calendar.

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January 28-30: Second UNESCO Forum on Global Citizenship Education.
Where: Paris, France.
Looking to shift the role of education in the twenty-first century to one that promotes internationalism, this invitation-only UNESCO event builds on the First UNESCO Forum held in 2013 in Bangkok, which sought to develop a framework concept for “Global Citizenship Education” (GCF). In this installment, set to be held in Paris, UNESCO will explore how GCF can be embedded in the Post-2015 global agenda, and how it can be integrated at the national level through policies and programs.

 

March 25-27: Dresden Nexus Conference.
Where: Dresden, Germany.

Nexus is a United Nations-linked conference on finding and managing, through an international approach, the connections between world-wide environmental concerns, global governance and global change, and engineering natural resource use for sustainable development. Three interlocking themes will be considered in light of resource management and governance; Climate Change, Urbanization, and Population Growth. As this will be a technical-oriented event, anticipated outcomes include a consensus on management practices and documentation processes, identifying policy objectives and research priorities, finding ways to advance the global “green economy,” and developing applicable strategies through the Nexus approach. Nexus is jointly organized by the United Nations University, Technische Universitat Dresden, and the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development. Event stakeholders include UNESCO and its Institute for Water Education, the Secretariat’s office of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, UN Habitat, the United Nations Environmental Programme, the UN Industrial Development Organization, various branches within the UN University system, the International Water Management Institute, the Global Water Partnership, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, along with numerous university bodies and research institutes, and German governmental agencies.

 

May 10-12: Council of Councils Annual Conference.
Where: Washington DC.

Founded in 2012 by America’s preeminent policy think-tank, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), and its International Institutions and Global Governance Program, the Council of Councils (CoC) is a global super-Council comprised of the most powerful policy-institutions from the world’s top twenty-three countries (roughly paralleling the G20).The purpose: As foreign policy challenges are now global in nature, an international Council of Councils is needed to facilitate “non-attribution dialogue” between high level policy makers and elite thinkers, “with the ultimate purpose of injecting the conclusions of its deliberations into high-level foreign policy circles within members’ countries.”

Since its inauguration, the annual meeting of the CoC has strongly focused on global governance issues, including climate change agendas, world internet management, the Euro crisis and global economic instability, international security concerns (including the role of NATO), Arctic diplomacy, and regional actors for world order. Although the agenda for the 2015 annual meeting has not been published at the time of writing this entry, it would not be unreasonable to expect the Washington CoC event to include talks on the UN Post-2015 agenda, the upcoming negotiations on a new climate treaty, and concerns regarding the Middle East and Europe/ Russian affairs.

 

May 28-31: Building the New Order Conference.
Where: Radford, Virginia.

Hosted by Radford University, this event will work to model and explore global oneness. According to the organizers, “in order to ‘Build the New World,’ humanity must quickly shift from imperialism to social democracy, from materialism to altruism, from a global war-system to a worldwide peace-system, from unsustainable environmental destruction to resilient organic networks, and from religious separation to the redeeming state of spiritual unity. We must move from fragmentation to holism … and fast!” Working sessions will take place on the role of education, spirituality and religion, global law, technology, economics, culture, and peace-building; “…the vision of creating an integrated future will not end when the conference is over. Rather, the intent is to actually manifest the world which we seek! To that end, another goal of this conference is to establish an on-going transformative network that will continue to support our plans for building a glorious 21st Century.”

Sponsors include the World Constitution and Parliament Association (advocates for world government), Prout International, Oracle Institute, The Shift Network, and the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions.

 

July 7-10: Our Common Future Under Climate Change.

Where: Paris, France.

UNESCO and the International Council for Science and Future Earth, are hosting a large scientific conference on climate change and global governance. Four daily themes will be explored; 1) State of Knowledge on Climate Change, 2) Scenarios Exploring Our Common Future, 3) Responding to Climate Change Challenges, 4) Collective Action and Transformative Solutions.

 

July 26-31: Our Transhuman Futures: Transhuman Juniata.

Where: Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.

“To be human is to evolve.” So says the website for the Our Transhuman Futures conference, sponsored by Juniata Colleg. This event will explore self-directed human evolution through technology and science. Discussions will take place on human-robot interactions, cognitive enhancements, and social/religious/political issues concerning transhumanism.

 

September 25-27: UN Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Where: UN Headquarters, New York, NY.

Heads-of-state and high governmental officials will be meeting with UN leaders to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda, a more robust replacement for the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which officially comes to a close at the end of the year. In June 2014, the UN Committee for Development Policy issued a report titled Global Governance and Global Rules for Development in the Post-2015 Era, linking the Post-2015 poverty reduction goals, educational and health targets, within the framework of global governance. Indeed, the MDGs are supposed to be replaced with universally applicable and binding SDGs, “Sustainable Development Goals,” including security and peace processes.

The UN System Task Team report, A Renewed Global Partnership for Development, in considering the Post-2015 system, hinted at the universal approach being pursued.

“A renewed partnership for sustainable development will require universal commitments from developed and developing countries across the various goals that become part of the agenda. Such a universal agenda should help to facilitate collective action to address the problems of an increasingly interconnected world.”

 

October 1-4: Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy and Religion.

Where: Thessaloniki, Greece.

Sponsored by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy and the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantine, Bartholomew I, this invite-only event will bring-to-the-table chief diplomats and leading politicians, authors, faith representatives, and academic figures to discuss the role of interfaithism and “unity of faiths” as a primary vehicle for securing world peace.

 

October 15-19: Parliament of the World’s Religions.

Where: Salt Lake City, Utah.

The first Parliament occurred in Chicago back in 1893. It took one hundreds before the second Parliament happened, again in Chicago. But from 1993 until now there has been a Parliament in 1999 (Cape Town, South Africa), 2004 (Barcelona, Spain), 2007 (Monterrey, Mexico), and 2009 (Melbourne, Australia). In 2015, the next Parliament will happen in Salt Lake City, bringing thousands of faith leaders and activists to Utah for this massive interfaith gathering.

 

November 30 to December 11: United Nations Climate Change Conference.

Where: Paris, France.

Negotiators from national governments, the United Nations and European Union, will meet to adopt a new UN climate agreement now that the Kyoto Protocol has expired. Sections of the first draft have already been circulated, and it is anticipated that by May 2015, the full text will be available for review. This agreement is being referred to, in a favorable way by the European Union, as a “single comprehensive regime.” Many environmental lobby groups and non- governmental organizations are and will add pressure to make this agreement globally binding. At the same time, there are major cracks in the Climate Change foundation, and the Paris conference could end in debacle. Although this is not what the UN wants, the possibility that the event could end in impotence is already being considered by some environmental activists, with suggestions that the ensuing political fallout may open doors to push for an even stronger global commitment.

 

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To read all 55 “global calendar” entries, sign in as a member/subscriber and download the December 2014 issue of Forcing Change magazine.

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