Congratulations to our 4 Student Ambassadors who will represent The British School of Beijing (BSB) Shunyi at the inaugural UN Global Goals Summit 2017 in New York as part of the NAE Global Campus Global Challenge!
The Year 12 students are: Tildie, Helen, Sunny and Sabrina (see photo above, names from Left to Right). They will present their ideas on the Sustainable Development Goals at an event during the United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development taking place from 10 to 19 July 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York City. This is a unique opportunity for BSB students to contribute to the discussion and influence policy at the highest level.
Through the guidance of UNICEF, a United Nations programme that defends the rights of children across 190 countries, BSB students will work directly with their communities to raise awareness of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals while researching and designing practical solutions to achieve these goals.
BSB students will focus on two goals:
- Goal 2 - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture
- Goal 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
The challenge is part of the World’s Largest Lesson, a global initiative aimed at bringing the goals to classrooms across the world through lesson plans, videos, comics and creative content.
“We are proud to collaborate with UNICEF and the World’s Largest Lesson initiative to enable our students to take a leading role in the global discussion about key issues affecting our world,” said Nord Anglia Education CEO Andrew Fitzmaurice. “The High Level Political Forum is central to the success of the Sustainable Development Goals and we are delighted that our students will give a voice to children’s views on these key issues. There is no better opportunity for our students to practice diplomacy and leadership than at UN Headquarters with influential policymakers from around the world.”
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by 193 countries in the UN General Assembly in September 2015. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved by 2030. In order to accomplish these goals, the UN has asked governments, private sector, civil society and citizens to participate.
“If the Sustainable Development Goals do not resonate with children and young people around the world in a way that is meaningful and relevant to their own lives and experiences, they will not be achieved. Students are some of the most passionate activists and agents of change on the planet, and it is their passion and determination that will drive all of us towards a more just, equal and sustainable world by 2030,” said UNICEF Agenda 2030 Partnerships Manager Shannon O’Shea.
Please click the gallery above to see the video from UNICEF regarding the NAE Global Challenge.
Search #NAEUNICEF on Twitter and Instagram to see how The British School of Beijing (BSB) Shunyi students are taking action in school and their community.