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Ideation contest meets solutions hackathon, the U.N. Association kicks-off SDGs Challenges

The United Nations Association kicks-off UAE Youth Challenges focused on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The United Nations Association UAE (UNAUAE) has opened its free summer registration for UAE students to devise and present innovative solutions toward U.N.Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The first challenge to undertake in June: SDG Number Two (SDG2) No Hunger by 2030.

In its capacity to educate citizens on the work of the United Nations (U.N.), the UNAUAE, as ‘the peoples’ movement of the U.N.’, launched its inaugural initiative, The SDGs Challenge: “SDGs of Summer”.

SDGs of Summeris themed based and focused monthly on one of three distinct U.N. SDGs. The Challenges run June, July, and August and culminate with an “SDGs Solutions Briefing” and award ceremony consisting of prizes and certificates. SDGs by month are:

·June (Sacrifice) SDG #2 No Hunger-Solutions Briefing:June 29

·July (Selflesssness) SDG #1 No Poverty-Solutions Briefing:July 20

·August (Sunshine!) SDG #3 Health & Well-being-Solutions Briefing:August 17


The UAE’s Innovative Youth Solutions ‘SDGs Challenges’ run June 1 to August 17, each challengerequiring student teams of up to 6 to determine which aspect of the monthly SDG they will hone in on in an effort to forge viable solution(s). For instance for SDG 2 “No Hunger”, teams might wish to help reinforce food security, arrive at ideas for sustainable farming, strengthen nutrition, or alleviate food scarcity.

Students will work fairly independently to embark on research, problem identification, brainstorming, solution development and the ensuing implementation, impact, and sustainability plans — all over the course of 2 weeks.

10 teams will be selected by Special SDGs Challenge Committee to present their solution in 10 minutes by powerpoint, speech, video, skit, or any method they can dream up that they believe will best convey their ideas to impress the panel of esteemed judges at the ‘SDG2 Solutions Briefing’ on June 29thin Dubai.

The UAE has played a global leadership role in its dedicated approach to the ‘Global Goals’ mandate — the 17 SDGs adopted by the Member states of the U.N. as its 2030 Agenda.

Her Excellency Mariam Almheiri, UAE Minister of State for Food Security, said: “With escalating climate change threatening crop growth and an increasing global population that is projected to reach 9.7 billion people by 2050, there is no more pressing challenge for the world than ensuring food security for all. The UAE Office of Food Security is delighted to support the ‘SDGs of Summer’ activity – an extremely worthy initiative that raises awareness of the importance of finding food production methods that are sustainable, as well as inculcates positive personal habits, such as minimising waste and eating healthy and nutritious diets. Community activities such as this that take place at the educational grass roots level are invaluable in creating the change we desperately need.”

Lisa La Bonté, Secretary-General of the UNA-UAE states, “By supporting the national effort and creating original, collaborative youth activities we aim to make a difference for the greater good by engaging young UAE citizens in the global crises solutions process while enabling insight into the work of the United Nations.”

For information and/or to register:www.SDGsChallenge.orgor email[email protected]

For further information, please contact: United Nations Association UAE 

Georgia Marshall, Rep. Email:[email protected]

About “SDGs of Summer” The SDG(s) Challenge:

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 to challenge 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 challenges over the course of three months. Each month 10 finalist teams will have 10 minutes each to present to the audience and a panel of esteemed leaders and diplomats their ideas toward solutions to SDGs 1-3.

The Challenge was created for young citizen's to arrive at potential answers 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 the work of the U.N. as global citizens.www.SDGsChallenge.org