Citizen's voices

Carlos Humberto Spezia
Brazil

1. What does global citizenship mean to you?

Lifelong and inclusive education is a main door towards global citizenship. The more educated we become, the more opportunities we have for developing our citizenship in a globalisedworld. As global citizens, we carry the responsibility of advocating solutions for global problems. Our personal and professional roles become more sensitive to global issues such as the Earth’s environment, cultural respect and above all, human rights.

Global citizenship combined with the concept of “buenvivir” (good living), mainly symbolised by sustainable, equitablesocio-economic development, constitute the essential characteristics of a global leader.

In this sense, global leaders are equipped with eff ective tools to fight injustice, corruption and terror, for a fairer and fraternal society.

2. In what ways are you a global citizen?

Being well educated does not mean that we are globalciti zens. All forms of education – be they formal, informal orlifelong – are essential for our citizenship. Nevertheless, wecan only consider ourselves as global citizens when our knowledge of the world is directed to living a life based on the principles of ethics and morality.