Starting tomorrow, the 18th of September 2020, world leaders will meet at the virtual UN General Assembly. It is the first time all world leaders are coming together since the global pandemic began.
Running alongside the UN General Assembly, the #ACT4SDGs campaign will also commence at the same time, running until the 26th of September 2020. This is a great opportunity for individual students and entire school communities to join thousands of people and organizations around the world to act for the UN SDGs.
The UN SDGs are made up of 17 goals, adopted by 193 UN member states as part of the sustainable development agenda. They serve to drive positive change – from reducing inequalities and fighting the climate crisis, to pushing quality education.
Needless to say, the global pandemic has underlined the importance of the UN SDGs, making them even more crucial for a better future. The #ACT4SDGs campaign demands governments to stick to the plan; a plan which includes ensuring good health and well-being, responsible consumption and production, and so much more.
With many international schools currently restricted in their Service learning options, this campaign is a wonderful way to get involved, and for your students to become Changemakers.
Here’s how your school can participate:
- Visit https://act4sdgs.org/.
- Decide whether you want to participate as an individual or school organization.
- Figure out whether you will communicate (raise awareness), advocate (raise your voice) or activate (organize online events) to take action.
- Register to join the movement.
- Make use of the available resources.
- Make a change – even beyond the Global Week to #ACT4SDGs!
This is the third consecutive year the Global Week to #ACT4SDGs is taking place. Since the launch of the campaign in 2017, millions of people from 180 countries have taken part. The campaign aims to mobilize people to take action, demanding world leaders to stick to their commitments to the 2030 Agenda by having them accelerate the process.
It’s important to remember that every action counts – whether that entails a beach clean up, school art projects on sustainability topics or online social media campaigns. We are currently hosting Close To Home experiences focusing on actions like these.
We are also happy to help inspire your students, and provide you with further teacher resources. Please feel free to get in touch with us at CAS Trips with any requests you may have!