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The Legion of Good Will Presented Best Practices in Global Citizenship Education at the UN

Updated 02/07/2017

The Legion of Good Will (Legião da Boa Vontade) joined the member-states, international agencies and NGOs concerned with the implementation of the Agenda 2030 at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters at the 55th UN Commission for Social Development (CSocD55), that took place in New York, from  February 1 to 10.

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The Brazilian-originated organization, that holds general consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the UN, was invited to give an oral presentation on Monday, February 6th, 2017 from 11:45 am - 1:00 pm (ET). The LGW shared its experience of more than 67 years in promoting "Education with Ecumenical Spirituality" as a strategy to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development. The presentation was part of the thematic panel "Global Citizenship for Development", focusing on the impact of new technologies in education.

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Universal Curriculum Design and ICT-Facilitated Intercultural Learning Environments for All Students event.


"We are hoping that we can do a whole collaborative effort including all the very important information that the Legion of Good Will of Brazil will bring us about what is happening in South America, and work together collaboratively, including with UNESCO, to come up with some better ideas to use technology in many different areas to help get rid of poverty worldwide", commented Dr. Carol Kennedy, representing the Manhattan Multicultural Counseling and committee member of the UN NGO Committee on Education, Learning and Literacy.

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Danilo Parmegiani, the Legion of Good Will (LGW) representative at the United Nations, shares the presentation "Overcoming Poverty in Latin America through Global Citizen Education and Technology." Dr. Carol Kennedy, from the Manhattan Multicultural Counseling on the left and Ms. Elizabeth A. N. Patterson from the Girls Iniciativa of Ghana - US Inc. on the right.

The debate becomes essential because, despite the efforts and results achieved in Latin America, there are still areas that need attention in almost all countries, how to rethink and modernize education to meet the needs of a world that is in constant technological evolution.

Robert Bernstein (Girls Education Initiative of Ghana - GEIG), Ms. Lily Gray (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - UNESCO), Dr. Enhee Jung (International Virtual Schooling - IVECA), Mr. Reginald Bennett Jr. (REACH Academy), Dr. Carol K. Kennedy (Manhattan Multicultural Counseling), Dr. Joseph Demeyer (Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues - SPSSI), Ms. Elizabeth A. N. Patterson (Girls Education Initiative of Ghana - GEIG) and Mr. Danilo Parmegiani (Legion of Good Will USA - LGW).

LGW at the UN

The Legion of Good Will is a civil society organization in general consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at the United Nations since 1999 and associated with the Department of Public Information (DPI) of the UN since 1994. This condition allows the LGW to participate and contribute to the discussion of ECOSOC issues in New York (USA), in Geneva (Switzerland) and Vienna (Austria). For many years the organization has presented recommendations regarding the implementation of international public policies and resolutions, in addition to all its humanitarian and educational actions.