The Norwegian Students’ Union (NSO) and the European Students’ Union (ESU) have taken initiative to and adopted “The Bergen Declaration”. The aim is to build a student network that can develop into a global movement.
This is stated in a recent press release from the student organisations. The declaration was drafted by student activists from South America, North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific.
The Bergen Declaration aims to increase cooperation between student organisations and build a network that can develop into a global movement. With the rise of communication technologies at global scale, students now have the opportunity to share their experiences and connect around global threats such as access to education, the commodification of tertiary education systems, academic freedom and students’ rights to organise, states the press release.
'It is really inspiring to meet student activists from across the globe and share our common concerns. Being united beyond regional borders, makes us truly stronger. This document is just the beginning of something bigger, and the start of a long term process,' says Fernando Galan, President, European Students’ Union.
The Bergen Declaration was prepared by a small drafting group, regionally balanced in order to ensure all points of view were equally represented, and endorsed afterwards by the 70th General Assembly of ESU.
'We cannot stop now and believe that a declaration alone will improve students’ representation. We must work to create forums for the organisations which support the Bergen Declaration. Representation and inclusion of the future generation will be a crucial key to ensure sustainable development in the world', concludes Helge Schwitters, Officer of International Affairs, Norwegian Student Union.