Pope Francis said the challenges facing humanity and the Earth are so urgent and important that he has invited world leaders, educators and young people to come to the Vatican next spring to launch a global alliance for building a new, more humane future.
“Never before has there been such need to unite our efforts in a broad educational alliance, to form mature individuals capable of overcoming division and antagonism, and to restore the fabric of relationships for the sake of a more fraternal humanity,” he said.
The pope launched the new initiative, called the Global Compact on Education, for the future of new generations with a video and written message released by the Vatican on 12th September. A related website, www.educationglobalcompact.org, went live the same day.
The pope has invited representatives from the world’s religions, international organisations and humanitarian groups as well as educators, economists, scientists, policymakers, people from the world of art, culture and sports, and young people themselves to the Vatican on 14th May 2020.
Picture: Husky dogs pull a rig and musher Audun Salte through the town of Longyearbyen in Svalbard, Norway, on 6th August 2019. Salte worries that as temperatures warm, climate change could lead to the extinction of all life on Earth. (CNS photo/Hannah McKay, Reuters).