European Global Education

At a European level, it’s almost 20 years that Global Education has been a basic topic for it’s politics. Nevertheless, there is still lack of uniformity across Europe.

The North-South Centre’s Global Education Network met for the first time in Lisbon, in 2000.

The Europe-wide Global Education Congress was held in the Netherlands in 2002 in the context of the MDGs and the outcomes of the WSSD (Johannesburg, 2002) to explore the contents and the roles of global education and to share strategies for improving and increasing global education to the year 2015. The Congress developed the Maastricht Global Education Declaration.

The definition that came out:
 The Council of Europe’s North-South Centre definitions of Global Education (2002)

  •  Global Education is education that opens people’s eyes and minds to the realities of the world, and awakens them to bring about a world of greater justice, equity and human rights for all.
  • Global Education is understood to encompass Development Education, Human Rights Education, Education for Sustainability, Education for Peace and Conflict Prevention and Intercultural Education; being the global dimensions of Education for Citizenship.  The Maastricht Declaration, 2002.   

2015 Maastricht improvement declaration

The first European network of institutions

GENE (Global Education Network Europe) is the European network of Ministries, Agencies and other national bodies responsible for support, funding and policy-making in the field of Global Education. Started in 2001 with 6 national structures from 6 countries, GENE now has grown to include over 40 Ministries, Agencies and other national bodies, from over 25 countries.

GENE pays particular attention to development education. While using the term Global Education, GENE also welcomes the use of specific national terms.

The first European network of Young Europeans

GLEN (Global Education Network of Young Europeans) is a network of non-governmental and governmental organisations as well as committed young people who are involved in global education. It is a joint non-profit, politically independent initiative of ten organisations from the European Union.

The European Commission has created the North South Center

The North-South Centre’s Global Education Network that helps coordinate the events of the Global Education Week. The network encompasses key national level stakeholders, who, throughout Europe, want to share global education strategies and practices. The North-South Centre’s Global Education Network met for the first time in Lisbon, in 2000. It liaises and interacts with the North-South Centre Global Education Programme all-year round for the promotion of global education.  

Global Education Week events

Country contacts

European Institutions For Global Education

European Center of Sustainable Development

ECSDEV is an international, cross-disciplinary center covering all aspects of the environmental impacts of socio-economic development, founded in Rome on February 10, 2010. ECSDEV promotes rigorous and objective empirical research on issues related to sustainability science to support decision-making by government and industry.

CONCORD is the European confederation of Relief and Development NGOs. 

CONCORD members work together to ensure that:

European policies promote sustainable economic, social and human development, addressing the causes of poverty, and based on human rights, gender equality, justice and democracy.

The rights and responsibilities of citizens and organised civil society to influence those representing them in governments and EU institutions, are promoted and respected. The following principles supports the mission:

  • Human Rights
  • Gender Equality
  • Sustainability
  • ‘Practicing what we preach’
  • Participation


It’s a federates local and regional government practitioners with their national, pan-European and global associations and has two essential pillars: 

  • to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and mutual learning,
  • to organise effective advocacy at the European level to reinforce local and regional governments’ specific role in development policies.

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