PUBLIC AWARENESS EDUCATION PROGRAMS
OF THE SCIENCES & HUMANITIES - TECHNOLOGY & GLOBAL BIOETHICS
of Forum UNESCO
and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Activities & Initiatives
Canadian International Youth Forums (ScienceSpheres)
International Youth Network for the Advancement of the Sciences, Humanities and Global Bioethics (IYNet)
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A Global Perspective
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GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES- Bridging Disciplines and Cultures
As an NGO member of Forum UNESCO, UNEP, and International PEN, PAEP takes grassroots initiatives, working with and for youth to advance the universal values and principles of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and UNEP: To understand and respect cultural diversity as the common heritage of humanity; foster a new transdisciplinary educational, scientific, environmental and inter-cultural dialogue towards a universal code of ethics for the benefit of future generations; build awareness and mutual understanding; and strengthen international co-operation in the protection and safeguarding of the world's shared natural, cultural, intellectual and scientific heritage.
1. The 21st transdisciplinary Canadian International Youth Forum (ScienceSphere) will be held on Saturday, 20 October 2012, honouring United Nations Day.
Program outline and schedule here.
2. The 19th Canadian International Youth Forum included:
The Youth Forum was dedicated to the memory of Prof. Dr. Isam Kadhem Al Rawi (1949-2006), geologist, environmental scientist and peacemaker, Baghdad University, Iraq. A special issue of the Canadian International Youth Letter entitled Environmental Science and Planet Earth: Realities and Facts - Education for a Sustainable Future has been dedicated to Professor Al Rawi, his colleagues, teachers and students, honouring their moral courage and dignity, for the people of Iraq and for us all.
The transdisciplinary Youth Letter includes reports by The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that provide a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the current state of knowledge on climate change. Recognizing the problem of potential global climate change, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme established the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 1988.
3. Student Writing Award Projects of the Sciences and Humanities -
4. The Nobel Peace Prize 2007 was awarded to The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr. "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change."
PAEP is fully committed to these objectives. They include moving forward the role of women in science and engineering for humanity; replacing discord with harmony by the maturing away from the glorification of the cult of war and violence, fundamentalism and contempt for science and reason, which is inappropriate to the conditions of the 21st century knowledge, towards a culture of genuine peace; re-channeling the preoccupation with the militarization of science towards a comprehensive understanding of interdependence and equitable sustainable development; thus offering the possibility of a major leap forward in global human progress towards a better world.
5. A new series of the transdisciplinary Canadian International Youth Letter of the Science and Humanities - Values and Society (CIYL) has been developed with an emphasis on science and human affairs. Under the theme "Exploring New Ways of Knowing – A Meeting of Minds, Science and Human Experience", the series incorporates cultural and youth studies as well as research-based information and analysis on the science of human behaviour, including the effects of war, destructiveness and violence on child and youth development, global mental health and the environment.
The series is part of the new project of the International Youth Network for the Advancement of the Sciences, Humanities and Global Bioethics (IYNet)
Note: The 18th Canadian International Youth Forum hosted 380 attendants. The forum was held in commemoration of Hannah Arendt's 100th birthday. Hannah Arendt (14 October 1906 – 4 December 1975) was one of the twentieth-century's most important philosophers and most searching and sane thinkers in political science. Arendt’s work deals with the nature of science (i.e. knowledge), power, and the subjects of politics, authority, and totalitarianism.
Introduction to Public Awareness Education Programs (PAEP)
“Facing the challenges of the 21st century by planning for a sustainable future at home and through international joint ventures is crucial for long-term economic growth, the well-being of our society, the international community, and the success of future generations.
Within the process of worldwide transformation and global adjustments to decreasing natural resources, a new vision for the future and innovative tools for harnessing knowledge are needed. From being present-oriented we will have to become future-oriented. To meet the interdependent requirements of the global direction and to position Canada among the leaders in the new age of sustainable industry, new sciences and innovative technologies are required.”
"On Becoming a Scientist: If we want to give tommorow's world a real chance, then we must give science its rightful place."
John Polanyi, 1986 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry,
The primary objectives of PAEP are:
Preparing youth for the challenges in the increasingly knowledge-driven and interdependent world of the 21st century, by
Advancing not only a scientific-technological, but also an environmentally and inter-culturally literate human resource base, and
Fostering a new educational and cultural dialogue to more effectively increase public awareness, knowledge and understanding of the significance of:
as an integral part of our education and culture.
To accomplish this, PAEP’s innovative, youth-focused programs under the theme, “Exploring New Ways of Knowing,” establish important transdisciplinary linkages with the humanities, the branches of learning that sustain creativity, social thought, ethics and the values we rely upon as a society, especially: history, philosophy, literature, the arts, and the cognitive and social sciences.
This key transdisciplinary program design serves to:
Program contributors are scholars and educators, scientists and engineers of national and international distinction, representing advanced education, the humanities and social sciences, as well as public life and industry. Their progressive ideas, scientific, cultural and social thought for the world and future generations help build and advance constructive dialogue towards universal values and action for sustainable development.
As speakers, members of the Advisory Council and contributors to the Canadian International Youth Letter they share their knowledge and experience. They help build linkages, networks and partnerships across Canada and the international community.
PAEP programs and initiatives provide the opportunity for students (high school, college, university) and educators (teachers, guidance counselors, student teachers, parents), and the general public,
PAEP goals are advanced through:
A message from the Rt. Hon. Lester B. Pearson and the Rt. Hon. Jean Chrétien.