The UNAUAE opens its call starting May 30 for secondary school and university youth participants to join its inaugural U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Challenge: “SDGs of Summer” seeking ideas and creative solutions to the global community’s most pressing problems by 2030.
The United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals are aspirations for the world to meet between 2016 and 2030 devised by nations across the globe – including direct input and contributions from the government of the UAE.
In honor of Ramadan and the concept of ‘sacrifice’, the focus for the first month of June will be SDG Number Two (SDG2): No Hunger. Two more Challenges will run in July (SDG1: No Poverty) under the theme of ‘selflessness’ and in August (SDG3: Health and Well-being) under the theme of ‘sunshine’.
Participation in the SDG Challenges is free and UAE students from the nation's secondary/high schools and universities can form or be placed on teams of up to six delegates to brainstorm innovative solutions toward the Global Goal(s).
Teams will draft a presentation around their ideas and the top 10 teams, vetted prior by a special SDG Youth Solutions Committee, will convene in Dubai on June 29th to present their Solutions at a special SDG2 Briefing to a panel of esteemed UAE leaders and diplomats who will determine the top three most innovative and viable concepts. As the SDGs call for global inclusion, an audience of peers, family, and community will also be welcome to attend on a first come first serve basis.
According to Lisa La Bonté, Secretary-General of UNAUAE,“The holy month of Ramadan affords a blessing in the form of the sacrifice of fasting. It's through this abstinence that we learn empathy and what if feels like to go hungry – the pain and limitations, albeit for a short time.The SDG Challenge environment will support youth to thrive within and alongside diverse teams developing creative solutionsto real-world dilemmas and crises.”
Teams will win prizes and all who participate will receive United Nations Association UAE Certificates.For further information, a brochure and to register,www.TheSDGsChallenge.com or email [email protected]
About United Nations Association UAE
UNAUAE launched as the first UNA in the GCC in 2010 and focuses on educational programming, including building extra-curricular Model U.N. (MUN) clubs in schools, supporting and training students for local and global MUN conferences and congresses.
Model United Nations (MUN) club membership gives students hands-on experience through educational simulations of the work and procedures of the U.N. and minds-on practice of international diplomacy. Students in the UAE join over 300,000 high school and university students in over 12,000 MUN clubs every year in 400 conferences across the globe. In its inaugural year UNAUAE doubled the number of Model U.N. clubs across the nation.
Additionally, UNAUAE creates and conducts special MDG/SDG briefings, delivering strategic community programs such as Paint for Peace or Build a Better World, Africa. UNAUAE has Spring and Summer sessions in USA, its “Diplomacy, Think-Tank, and Government” Colloquiums for Secondary and University levels.
United Nations Associations (UNA) are NGOs and non-profits, first launched 73 years ago in 1945 alongside the U.N. and exist in over 100 nations globally, representing the ‘citizens’ movement of the U.N. (UNAs are not part of nor do they fall under the U.N., which represents and is formed by Nations.)
About The SDGs Challenge: SDGs of Summer
Focused on innovative solutions to U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), SDGs of Summer is a dynamic, free, and charitable activity that kicks off before the end of Ramadan challenging the minds of UAE youth into the month of June to arrive at imaginative and viable solutions starting with SDG 2 by way of teamwork, diversity of ideas, and collaboration.
The SDG Challenge creates moreengaged global citizens by educating young minds-on about SDGs by way of a unique nationwide challenge culminating in Dubai with both physical and remote/virtual options possible for team prep and practice over the course of four weeks, minimum requirement of 24 hours of effort.
10 finalist teams will have 10 minutes each to present to the audience and a panel of esteemed leaders and diplomats delivered across formats such as a formal powerpoint presentation, podium speeches, video, skit, or other method and will be followed by 10 minutes of Q&A. The SDG Solutions Briefing will be videotaped.
The Challenge was created for young citizen's to arrive at potential solutions to the world's most pressing problems and is open to Secondary School and University student teams (max. six members per) wishing to engage with SDGs and mature and motivated youth wishing to contribute brainpower toward solutions. Team presentations to a panel of UAE civic leaders, the 'SDG Solutions Briefings' will take place on Saturday, June 29th in Dubai
The United Nations Assoc. UAE and Arab Youth Venture Foundation are joint producers of 'The SDG Challenge'.