Students should understand about refugees - who they are and the situations unique to refugee situations. It is heartbreaking to see the many refugees in our world now. As you talk about global competency topics, don't forget those who have a country but are disenfranchised.
The Tour de France is July 22. While many northern hemisphere schools are out, there are still many who are going to school. Events of common interest, like the tour de france, give great learning experiences for students. If you teach French, this is a must discuss topic.