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About the Conference

Welcome to our 26th Global Citizenship Conference (GCC). We are gathering in Ghana from August 13-19 to help answer one big question: What is the role of a Global Citizen in a world that is in flux?

What do we mean by a world in flux? Well, does it seem as if the world is swinging in unexpected, unpredictable directions?

On one hand global under-5 mortality rate has halved between 1990 and 2015, and the global number of people living in extreme poverty has fallen below 10%.
On the other hand, civic spaces  are shrinking around the world, the effects of climate change are increasing, forced displacement is at a record high, and for the first time in history, and mega-cities are increasing in number.

The call for a paradigm shift is becoming increasingly louder. The world needs a new kind of leadership that embraces diversity and nourishes collaborations beyond boundaries of religion, race or geography, to forge equitable, sustainable solutions.

We call this Global Citizenship!

Akwaaba! Welcome to the Global Citizenship Conference 2017!

When: 13-19 August, 2017
Where: Ashesi University College, one of Africa’s finest liberal arts colleges and a Melton Foundation partner university since 2014
Who: Melton Fellows, partners, collaborators and YOU!

GCC Program

Over the course of seven days, we will explore, exchange, collaborate on pressing global issues, and provide pathways to tackle them locally, while considering the global context.

The conference is embedded in experiential learning journey, starting with online activities mid-May. These continue beyond the conference, with the implementation of #100Acts of Global Citizenship and diverse projects designed during the GCC.

Here is what you can look forward to at the GCC!

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Who is who at the GCC

The primary audience at our Global Citizenship Conference (GCC) is Melton Fellows, who are students or alumni of our partner universities in Chile, China, Germany, Ghana, India and the United States. Our Fellows are diverse in socio-economic background, race, ethnicity, religion, and political viewpoint. While some are in college, others are far along in their careers. They are curious and critical thinkers, interested in learning and sharing, plus fun to be with!

In addition, we invite global citizenship champions. You might be a member from the (local) NGO, political, educational, and business communities, or leader from grassroots initiatives. We also invite local students and faculty to engage throughout the conference and contribute with their expertise and experience as speakers, trainers, or mentors – and learners at the same time.

Here's how YOU can participate, too!


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Questions? Concerns? Comments?

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Get Invovled!

Are you interested in helping build a community of global citizens, based on mutual interests, synergies, and complementary experience?