On May 15-16, 2018, the Institute of Education, University College London (UCL), and Centre for Applied Buddhism co-sponsored an international symposium on Global Citizenship and the UN Sustainable Development Goals at Taplow Court in Taplow, U.K.

The first day featured academic presentations on global citizenship education. Faculty in DePaul’s master’s program in Value-Creating Education for Global Citizenship and researchers in the Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education were invited to participate in the symposium, with Drs. Namrata Sharma, Gonzalo Obelleiro, and Jason Goulah giving presentations that focused on perspectives of global citizenship from Soka educators Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, Josei Toda, and Daisaku Ikeda.


The second day focused on how ordinary citizens can put the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals into action locally. The day was organized into four areas of Education, Civil Society, Business, and Young People, each consisting of a keynote lecture, break-out workshops, and dialogue sessions. Keynotes were delivered by Namrata Sharma (State University of New York and DePaul University; Education), Isabel Carlisle (Transition Network; Civil Society), Joss Tantram (Terrafiniti/Towards 9 Billion; Business), and Josie Parkhouse (researcher at U.K. Parliament; Young People).