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Why Global Citizenship?

Today's greatest challenges, from climate change to poverty, inequality to displacement, natural resource depletion to overpopulation, are global in nature and interconnected.

Millions of people around the world would like to be part of the solution, to be the change they wish to see. Countless organizations and institutions are working on these issues, yet many of them are still looking inward, pursuing narrow interests within national, cultural, academic and economic boundaries.

At the Melton Foundation, we believe that the problems currently facing humanity can only be solved by working together across industries, sectors, cultures, and geographical boundaries to find solutions that benefit everyone.

How do we foster Global Citizenship?

We foster global citizenship through an international, lifelong network of more than 600 fellows based in more than 20 countries. We currently have six Global Citizenship hubs based in five continents. We coordinate and partner with other organisations to act on the Sustainable Development Goals and extend constant support and aid to our Fellows in the form of grants, training programs, workshops and much more!

Paving the road towards Global Citizenship

Apart from our Fellowship, we also practice and foster Global Citizenship in a multitude of ways. Our Grants Program, functional for over a decade now, extends financial support and resources to Fellows and SDG practitioners. Over the years, Melton Fellows have carried out projects around the planet and created an impressive array of projects which have revolutionized lives everywhere. Till date, Melton Foundation Grants have benefited over 100 fund seekers in the previous decade, and through them  100+ communities in the most diverse locations of the world.

In addition we employ various formats to engage with our audience through the medium of Townhalls, Whitepaper, SDG Innovation Marathons, Climathons, Podcasts and much more! We aim to be a shaping force in developing Global Citizenship as a guiding principle for human action.

By modeling global citizenship – whether in their communities or abroad – and by connecting to other similar-minded individuals through a “network of networks”, our fellows create and expand perspectives on pressing global issues while contributing to a culture of collaboration and trust throughout our societies.

Global Citizenship Hubs

A Global Citizenship hub is the epicentre of global citizenry of an area. It is both a geographical and social entity for global changemakers to meet, brainstorm and innovate solutions to effect change in their localities. Our six Global Citizenship hubs based in five continents offer opportunities to join hands across geographies and push for collective action!


United Nations Sustainable Development Goals - A Framework

Sustainable development has been widely defined as “development which meets the needs of the current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” as enunciated in the Brundtland Commission Report of 1987. Put in simple words, it envisages development which lets humankind and our planet thrive together for the long term.

Agenda 2030 was adopted by the UN on 25th September 2015. Crystallised as a publication titled Transforming our world : the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Agenda specifies 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which serve as the compass to guide humanity’s collective action towards a secure, peaceful and prosperous future. 

What are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals?

The 17 SDGs are a set of well defined goals and targets geared towards strengthening the three pillars of social, economic and environmental security. The goals are interconnected and interdisciplinary – they reflect an integrated method to combat global issues with a multi pronged approach. The goals emphasise collaboration across borders and boundaries and aim to involve and engage as many stakeholders as possible. 





Global Citizenship and the SDGs

SDG Target 4.7 : “By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non‐ violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.”

Our SDG Impact

Over the years, we have hosted a plethora of conferences, workshops and other events that convened people from across the globe to interact and exchange thoughts and innovations on sustainability. We have partnered with various other organizations to create formidable outcomes through collaborative action. Our intercultural network of Fellows act as global changemakers and work on projects, missions and Acts of Global Citizenship to participate in changing the world for the better. 

Take a ride through our SDG journey below!


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