“Need for global cooperation between students now bigger than ever”

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LONDON - Student leaders from 35 countries have agreed on a joint statement for international cooperation on education, sustainability, peace and social justice, at the first Global Student Leadership Summit. The Summit was hosted by the European Students’ Union (ESU) and NUS-UK in London between 18 and 21 September.

The statement sets out that the students are committed to “improve collaborative involvement at a global level in order to fight more effectively together for the rights of the tens of millions of students we represent”.

Karina Ufert, Chairperson of ESU stated: “As the shift from public funding to private funding is taking place everywhere, the need for closer cooperation between different parts of the world is greater than ever. Students have to make their voice and demands heard.”

Delegates also called on the United Nations’ Human Rights Council and UNESCO to continue to monitor attacks on education. They furthermore launched plans to develop a global student rights charter and asked global leaders to put new educational targets post the 2015 Millennium Development Goals in place.

The full statement of the Global Student Leadership Summit can be read here: http://www.globalstudentleadership.org/?p=447. The next Summit is planned to take place in the autumn of 2013.

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For more information, please contact:

Karina Ufert, ESU Chairperson: +32 473669892 // karina@esu-online.org or Marianne Slegers, ESU Communications Manager: +32/473.669.894 // marianne@esu-online.org


The European Students’ Union, headquartered in Brussels, is the umbrella organisation of 47 national unions of students from 38 European countries. ESU represents and promotes the educational, social, economical and cultural interests of students at the European level. Through its member unions, ESU represents over 11 million students in Europe. To find out more about ESU, follow us on Twitter @ESUtwt, check out our Facebook page or visit www.esu-online.org. ESU celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2012.