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An intercultural conversation on ethics and education- Globethics 2022 hosted a conference in Geneva, Switzerland on 17-19 October 2022.

I was honored to be invited on behalf of ICDE (International Council for Open and Distance Education).  Read more about the conference, and see the recordings and images here

I had the honor to give a Welcome Address on behalf of ICDE, host a workshop, be part of the "LivingLetter Campaign",  give a promotion speech and was cited in the Newsletter. Besides the very professional program, the social and cultural events were just amazing and wonderful.  During the conference as well the shift from the sitting President Obiora Ike to Fadi Daou . The conference was really inclusive and lived up to their own messages on ethics at all levels

The conference was an intercultural conversation on ethics and education. Participants were invited to a global, intercultural exchange on the nexus of education (specifically higher education) and ethics and values.

About the event

The conference aimed to advance the discussion on the key Sustainable Development Goal 4 on the quality of education, with a focus on ensuring the inclusive and equitable quality of education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Given the temporary pandemic that continues to affect the mobility of many institutions and individuals worldwide, the conference will be held primarily as a physical event. However, the plenary sessions will be streamed live via our YouTube channel.

The public event days of the conference on October 17-19, 2022 focused on sustained engagement with and among leading scholars, practitioners, and education policymakers on three key strategic dimensions of the thematic proposal:

  • Being in the Community
  • Being in relationship
  • Being in dialogue

Appreciation speech  19 October 2022 #Ethics #ICDE Global Advocacy Campaign

Quality education for all is a common good because it is about human rights, social justice, equity, inclusion, and quality ethical lifelong learning throughout life.

Building bridges together, ethics and values are at the heart of education and learning.

In relation to the SDGs, Futures of education, the new social contract for education, reimagining the futures together, and the OECD Learning Compass, an ecosystem is needed, and to achieve this, all voices are important and need to be heard, because change does not only happen through visions and strategies but through and for people. Day, which is today, October 19, 2022, should not only be today, but every day in our minds, hearts, hands, actions, narratives, and stories of every individual.

Welcome Address 17 October 2022

Ebba Ossiannilsson, Professor, Dr. Sweden

ICDE Board Member

ICDE OER Advocacy Committee, Ambassador and chair


Dear Mr. President, dear Professor Christoph Stückelberger, founder of Globethics.Net, dear entire team of Globethics.Net, dear all distinguished colleagues around the globe.

It is a great pleasure for me on behalf of ICDE, The International Council for Open and Distance Education to be here in Geneva with you all and to greet you from ICDE.

Thank you for your kind invitation to participate in your promising and urgent conference "Building New Bridges Together: Ethics and Values at the Heart of Quality Education. The theme and sub-themes Being a Community. Ethics and values for the society we want, Being in a relationship: ethics and values through the educational collaboration for the common good. Being in dialogue: ethics and values for shaping quality education are more urgent than ever.

Learning for an uncertain future, dealing with global, complex, and transdisciplinary issues, ethical considerations are critical, as is the ability to collaborate, take initiative, and act in society - essential features of learning to address the broad sustainability challenges facing our societies.

ICDE is the leading and oldest global membership organization dedicated to providing accessible, quality education to all through online, open, and distance learning. The ICDE was founded in 1938 and has its secretariat in Oslo, Norway. Since its inception, the ICDE has worked closely with UNESCO. Open, flexible, and distance education is a strategy that enables economic, social, political, and digital equity. 

Our members come from all regions of the world. We are very proud and pleased that Globethis.Net is among our members and has now convened this global conference in such a timely manner. 

Our members are decision-makers who network and collaborate to share their expertise, insights, and resources to address one of the world's greatest challenges - enabling inclusive, flexible, and high-quality learning and teaching for all in the digital age, and a cultural change. 

Our members are estimated to have more than 15 million students enrolled on 6 continents. more than 190 higher education and research institutions in over 70 countries are part of the global ICDE community. ICDE has partnerships with more than 18 organizations around the world, all working toward a common goal - accessible, quality education for all. ICDE represents its members and advocates for and provides leadership in the advancement of online, open, and distance education.

The ICDE community collectively undertakes a range of activities and projects that contribute to the global mission of Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) - ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all.

SDG4 is part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations member states in 2015. Its centerpiece is the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for all countries to take action to recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand in hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth - all while combating climate change and preserve our oceans and forests.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, published in 1948 (UN, 1948), is a landmark in the history of human rights. All 30 articles contain provisions that enable economic, social, political, and digital justice. Democracy and inclusion are core values. Article 26, for example, states that everyone has the right to education.

Transforming education will require the collective commitment and action of visionary policymakers at all levels, parents, students, teachers, and the public at large. Young people will be at the center of this effort, contributing their voices, experiences, knowledge, and agency. Also critical are inclusive and participatory mechanisms that accompany and guide national redesign efforts. Students, parents, teachers, unions, employers, universities, and civil society must be aware of their respective roles - while being open to change. Going forward, it must be encouraged and supported at all levels, led by learners and educators around the world, inspired by civil society, and connected to broader movements for positive change. Leaders at all levels-meta, macro, meso, and micro-play a critical role in creating a world where people, and especially leaders, are educated and informed about ethical values and act on those values to help build sustainable, just, and peaceful societies. Equitable access to knowledge resources in applied ethics enables individuals and institutions from developing and emerging countries to become more visible and audible in the global discourse.

This is why both the ICDE and our Global Advocacy Campaign and Globethics.Net the Living Letter Campaign were launched. Change the Future of Education with Globethics.Net in partnership with ICDE is reaching out to key stakeholders, influential interest groups, and policymakers to ask them to raise their voices and drive decisions in their areas of responsibility to (i) ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all; (ii) promote ethics and values as a cross-cutting theme in higher education curricula and institutional development, and (iii) support the formation of cross-sector alliances and networks in education at regional and global levels. Connecting ethics and values through educational collaborations for the common good is as important as the urgent need to bridge the digital divide and advocate for the inclusion of ethics and values in open, flexible, and distance learning opportunities for all.

Thank you and congratulations on a very successful conference that will make a difference and set footprints. I and we at ICDE wish all the best as we build new bridges together, with ethics and values at the heart of quality education.

Let us walk the path together, each of us, you and I, can make a difference toward the future we want for individuals and for the planet!

Thank you!


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