UMC participation in the 6th International Conference of Future Education “Education for Human Security”

The Ukrainian Maritime Cluster participated in the 6th International Conference of Future Education “Education for Human Security”.

Humanity confronts complex, multidimensional challenges to the security of the people and the planet we live on. In spite of unprecedented and remarkable achievements, our sense of insecurity continues to rise. A fundamental change is needed in our concept of security and the strategies, policies and institutional framework by which we seek to achieve it. It is now widely recognized that reform in the educational system is urgently needed to address these pressing challenges.

Effective education should include the principles of Human Security essential to the survival and sustainable development of every individual and to global society as a whole. The human security approach was first advocated by the United Nations in 1994 and has since been applied in hundreds of programs around the world.

This conference examined the relevance and applicability of the human security approach to different fields of higher education. It seeks to generate awareness and initiate active discussion among educators and universities on the central importance of the Human Security Approach as an integral component of higher education.

This conference was conducted in support of HS4A, a global campaign to generate awareness and elicit active support and participation from all major sectors and sections of global society in an unprecedented effort to release and mobilize the untapped energies and capacities of humanity in pursuit of human security for all.

This conference is organized by WAAS, WUC and the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania (SNSPA), in collaboration with SDSN Europe, a network of 400+ universities, the Black Sea Universities Network (BSUN) of 130+ institutions, the Global Futures Laboratory of Arizona State University, The Jena Declaration, BRIDGES, International Anti- 3 Corruption Academy, Force for Good, LSE IDEAS UN Business and Human Security Initiative and other partners.

The UMC was invited to the Panel on: “Education for Human Security in the Context of Regional Conflicts”, which took place on 8 March 2023. The problem question of the Panel was “How can education promote human security in the context of regional conflicts, social unrest and natural calamities?”

The Moderator of the Panel was Eden Mamut, Director, Black Sea Universities Network. The panelists were: Mehmet Naci Inci (Rector, Bogazici Univ. of Turkey), Olena Zhukova (Director, Ukrainian Maritime Cluster), Romita Iucu (Vice Rector, Univ. of Bucharest), Adalat Muradov (Rector, State Univ. of Economics, Azerbaijan), Michel Deneken  (President, Univ. of Strasbourg), Armen Der Kiureghian, (President, American Univ. in Armenia), Nicolaos Theodossiou (Chair, SDSN Black Sea), Alberto Zucconi  (Chair, WAAS; Sec-Gen, WUC; President, IACP), Ivan Simonovic (Chair, UN Peacebuilding Commission for 2023; former UN Asst Sec-Gen for Human Rights).

Olena Zhukova, the UMC Executive Director, made a speech on how the war affected Ukrainian life, communities, which appreciate education development, innovation, and on life in general under special circumstances. She was speaking on the behalf of the UMC but on the example on the multiservice engineering company MDEM, which is a member of the UMC and Damen group. Her main message was that “TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER”. She told about MDEM life and achievements before the war, changes and forced measures caused by the Russia invasion, nowadays life of Ukrainians including MDEM colleagues, who are staying in Ukraine or fount refuge abroad. Olena Zhukova demonstrated the video built on the interview of MDEM employees with the main message: “ALL WE NEED IS VICTORY”. Via the link, we invite you to watch it.

All speakers made clear frame of challenges facing the modern education and its future, based on their points of view and rich experience, the one among was made Ivan Simonovic (Chair, UN Peacebuilding Commission for 2023; former UN Asst Sec-Gen for Human Rights), who highlighted as follows: “The role of education is strengthening resilience through education about human rights, through putting people in the center, making them more resilient to various forms of manipulation. The basis of this education is one about entitlement to human rights, strengthening resilience of society. If marking our situation today it is an increase of uncertainty. It relates to climate changes, conflicts, spread of new pandemics, technological changes, population movements. What we need is certain intense of human rights guaranties, to increase solidarity, tolerance towards diversity. With such an education, we are making society less week to various forms of manipulations of various demagogic politicians.”

The UMC grateful to the 6th International Conference of Future Education “Education for Human Security” organizers for an opportunity to be involved into formation of the future education agenda and to provide the truth to the international community about the situation in Ukraine provoked by aggressor’s invasion.



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