Pope Francis has invited world political, cultural, and religious leaders to a meeting at the Vatican next year to agree on a global compact on education
The purpose of the meeting is to better prepare the young for economic, environmental and social challenges.
The Vatican said the meeting, called “Reinventing the Global Educational Alliance,” will hold on May 14 at the Vatican and be preceded by thematic conferences.
Topics such as promotion of human rights and peace, inter-religious dialogue, migration, international cooperation, refugees, economic justice and environmental protection will be addressed.
The pope said, in a video message, he hoped that authoritative public figures in our world who are concerned for the future of our young people would accept his invitation.
The Vatican gave no details on who would be invited.
The meeting is to take place on the fifth anniversary of the pope’s landmark encyclical “Laudato Si”, which called for protection of the environment, tackling global warming and gradually eliminating the use of fossil fuels.
There will be preparatory conferences holding between this month and April.
One will take place in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, which the pope visited last February.
The others will hold in Italy and the Vatican.