87 students from Nord Anglia schools across the world met in New York to discuss what they had been doing during the year to target Goals 2 and 3, zero hunger and good health and well-being, as part of the Global Campus challenge. The highlight of the week was the HLPF side meeting in which eight students presented their work towards these goals and their aspirations for the future. H.E. Peter Thomson, President of the UN General Assembly, explained to our students that the SDGs must be part of their generation’s DNA. As our student presenters noted, 13,000 Nord Anglia students worldwide participated in this year’s Global Challenge to raise awareness of the SDGs. As a result, these goals will be firmly rooted in their generation’s philosophy due to their opportunities for collaboration, innovation and engagement across the globe. At the end of their presentation, Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF, challenged students to ‘live happy and fulfilled lives making constructive trouble’ in their quest to change the world.
Over the rest of the week our students proved that they were eager to embrace Mr Lake’s challenge. After taking part in a Model United Nations at the Nord Anglia International School, New York, in which they discussed some of the most pertinent problems in world affairs, students visited the UN and took part in UNICEF workshops to find out about the organisation’s development work. They also had the opportunity to plan their next steps for tackling Goals 11 and 12, sustainable communities and responsible consumption and production, when they return to their schools in September.