Global Citizenship

I am currently researching for the Global Citizenship lectorate at my university. We promote inclusive teaching approaches and collective conversations about the responsibilities of global citizenship.

My own research is linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goal 4.7 which reads

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 non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.

Redefining our goals

As a human rights scholar, I seek to broaden human rights elements of citizenship by recognizing that citizenship entails not only rights, but duties. Historically, the evolution of rights was a state-centric process in which duty bearers (states) were asked to meet certain obligations and rights-holders (citizens) were entitled to claim their rights. The human rights architecture is built around the idea that states are the primary duty bearers.

Today, the limitations of the state are increasingly evident. Governments are no longer agile enough to find practical or long-term solutions to the challenges of our times. Therefore, communities are rising to action to produced informed citizens who explore pathways to a sustainable future.

Conversing with a new group of leaders about global citizenship can help us achieve the sustainable development goals.

What is your idea of global citizenship? Leave a comment.

Defining terms



Legal Skills Lecturer in The Netherlands. (J.D. Columbia University; PhD Maastricht University International Human Rights Law.)

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