Empowering the Next Generation: Localising Sustainable Development Goals

The University of Birmingham
Wednesday 6th November 2019 (10:00-14:30)
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Interested schools can book through Dr. Nana O Bonsu  or Dr.  Jennifer TyreeHageman

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries in a global partnership.

Hosted by Dr Nana Osei Bonsu and Dr Jennifer TyreeHageman

Drawing on research undertaken by the Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, this future-oriented event aims to find ways to ensure that the SDGs are achieved. For the first time, a local evidence-based policy case study for youth involvement in delivering the SDGs will be explored.

The event, inviting local sixth form students, will apply different learning methods in small groups to create scenarios, taking into consideration issues like sustainable transportation and consumption. For example, the students may imagine a future where everyone uses sustainable means of transport (e.g. walking, cycling, public transport and driving electric vehicles) to get to college or work. Throughout the day there will be opportunities to share views, and chat to academics and business experts about unanswered SDGs queries.

As a result of the event, we hope that students will begin to understand the importance of the SDGs, and the value of reflecting on one’s own individual actions during their continuous career development and lifestyle choices. We also hope that the event will inspire enhanced cooperation and knowledge exchange between eco-schools teachers/champions and the business community.