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One World Week’s 2017 theme:


My World Depends on Us

Local OWW events can explore how we can be “Good Neighbours” in our globalised 21st century world.

Being a "good neighbour" means much more than just being quiet and unobtrusive!  It includes (according to various faith traditions) actively looking out for our neighbours to ensure their needs are met.  It applies at personal, local, national and international levels. 
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)[1] have identified the needs of our global neighbours.  Governments around the world, including that of the UK, have pledged to address them.

Active citizenship, media literacy and critical thinking are vital tools in acknowledging our interdependence with others, locally as well as farther afield, while countering populism, extremism and hate.  

The strap line "My World Depends on Us" [2]  reminds us that our personal world is directly affected by what we do, purchase,read, say, consume, vote, ... and that this does not happen in isolation.  Our life depends on how we impact on and influence others in our common experience at home and in the world. 

What do we need to do

to be a good neighbour in a globalised world?


[1]  More about the "Sustainable Development Goals"  here:  In 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.  It contains 17 goals covering a broad range of inter-linked sustainable development issues.  These include ending poverty and hunger, improving health and education, making cities more sustainable, combating climate change and protecting oceans and forests.

[2]  "My World Depends on Us" This is the theme chosen for 2017 by the Council of Europe’s North-South Centre's Global Education Week Network, of which OWW is a member. 



To find out more about the theme come back here, soon.


Press Releases


Including You
(August 2016)

Recently Added Resources

New Funding Opportunity - The Common Good Fund - Application Deadline 27 Feb. 2017 see more here

Organisers' Evaluation form for 2016 events Download from here

Wordsearches for Including You events - download them from here

Press release template for 'Including You' events download here 

Quotations about  building an inclusive peaceful society - Download from here a 5 page booklet as a word.doc or pdf 

Pledges to build an inclusive society - find them here

"Who is a Migrant?" - anactivity/game to get people talking to each other at your events. Download the instructions here 

School Assemblies from Christian Aid- link to and download a PowerPoint and notes 

Looking for a speaker for your event? Download here a list (pdf) from the Discussion page (posted 12 Sept 2016)

Faith resources relating to "Including You".Download pdf here  links to materials offered by OWW's partners and supporters: worship, discussion, films ...plus Prayers for OWW(updated 7 Sept '16)

Presentation "A OWW approach to Migration" Download this PDF version of a 12 slides (15 -20 minutes) powerpoint

Need funding for your event? Apply to Big Lottery Celebrate Fund! NOW or you'll be too late for OWW more here and other suggestions

Poster/ flyer design kit - download from here

2016 Leaflets "Including You" download PDF versions here

Introductory PowerPoint about organising local inclusive OWW events - updated for 2016.  Down load ppt here

Migrant crisis or poverty crisis? - A briefing paper from Global Justice NOW Download as a PDF here

2016 - "Including You" - Booklet of ideas, links and resources for interpreting the theme. Dowload a PDF here (updated July 2016)

Learning resource/activity for young people about peace - from Fly Kites not Drones;   suitable for activites in or out of school. find links here: schools ; activities (added Nov. 2015 but still relevant for this years events)

Organisers' Evaluation Form for event organisers to completand send to OWW - down load the word.doc from here

Event participants feedback form  (for organisers to collect feedback from participants at OWW events)   (word.doc)