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Composed by a student body from around the world the ‘Bergen Declaration‘ sets out to create a global student movement that spans across borders and is a statement of values for a global student voice. The European Student Union (ESU), representing 48 unions across the globe, is the first to formally adopt the declaration this month. ESU in a joint initiative with The Norwegian Students’ Union (NSO) invited numerous activists from student movements across the world – ranging from Burkina Faso, to Brazil and the Pacific – to create the declaration. It aims to develop increased cooperation between diverse student organisations and build a network, giving them a united voice on the global stage.
The declaration seeks to connect student organisations for cooperation and to mobilize the global student voice to be heard on critical topics as:
Furthermore the declaration calls for establishing the role of students as equal partners in their education, the right of self-produced/determined media on campuses, and strongly emphasizes the role of education in equipping global citizens with the necessary skills to tackle societal, environmental and economic sustainability challenges , towards a new development model.
Going forward, the declaration as an open document will be shared with all student organisations across the world and invitations to participate in a dedicated seminar with ESU’s members in May are extended. Communication technologies play a key factor in enabling this new movement to stay globally connected, build a common knowledge/experience base, and collaborate in real time.
The declaration indeed is highly ambitious in its aim to develop formal cooperation across continents and cultures, but faces the challenge of opening a channel for the inclusion and representation of the future generation that is, as a NSO representative states, "key to ensure sustainable development in the world’’.
European Student Union – press release
The Bergen Declaration (also available in French)