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BSB Helen reporting live from United Nations in New York

21 July 2017

  • Video BSB students at UNICEF HLPF July 14, 2017
  • UN Trip July 18, 2017 (19)
  • UN Trip UN HQ 18 July
  • Helen - NAE Student Journalist for the Global Goals Summit 2017
  • Tildie- Most Diplomatic Delegate in the Food and Agriculture Global Goals MUN
  • Sabrina - HPLF Presentation Team
  • Sunny- Most Honourable Delegate Security Council Global Goals MUN
  • UNICEF trip (2)
  • BSB Sabrina getting ready for her speech at UNICEF
  • UN Trip July 18, 2017 (5)
  • Nord Anglia students attending UNICEF
  • UN Trip July 18, 2017 (18)
  • UN Trip July 18, 2017 (17)

Helen, Sabrina, Sunny and Tildie are our four Year 12 students who represented The British School of Beijing (BSB), Shunyi in attending the Nord Anglia Education's Global Goals Student Summit held in New York City from 14th -18th July.

Please see the summary below written by our student journalist Helen Kim and teacher Mrs. MacIver.

Nord Anglia Education challenged the students of the Nord Anglia schools across the globe to use the World’s Largest Lesson, supported by UNICEF, to develop ideas to raise awareness of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (also known as the Global Goals) and design solutions for two of the goals in particular - Goal 2, Zero Hunger, and Goal 3, Good health and well-being. In the concluding stage of this effort, representatives of each school were invited to New York to discuss these goals and present the ideas for their communities on a global scale at a special side meeting at the UN’s High-Level Political Forum on the 14th of July.

UN Trip New York July 2017

14th July - UN’s High-Level Political Forum

Among the 87 students, eight were selected to present to senior representatives of the UN and UNICEF about the work of the 13,000 students who actively participated in the challenge. We are very proud of our BSB student, Sabrina, who has been selected as 1 of the 8 students to speak at the event!

The event started with speeches from the official ambassadors of Bulgaria, Argentina and Malaysia as well as the president of the UN General Assembly. The speakers all recognised the significance of the conference, shared the policies and actions taken in their respective countries as well as the prospects of global cooperation on the matter. The student delegation delivered a presentation on the different approaches taken towards Goal 2 and 3 and the potential for further collaboration with UNICEF to address the Global Goals over the next ten years.

As young people who are deeply passionate about sustainable development and the work of the United Nations, it was an invaluable experience for Nord Anglia students to be able to visit UNICEF, one of the biggest bodies of the United Nations and attend a political forum to see member states addressing global issues.

"It's just such an amazing opportunity for our students to come travel to New York and come here to UNICEF to and see what actually happens - to see all the activities that UNICEF has created for this event and all of the things they’re doing about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.” Andrew Fitzmaurice, CEO of Nord Anglia Education.

Please click here to read more and see a video about the event.

UN Trip Helen report - Pudong Sammi presentation


The above event was part of the Nord Anglia Global Goals Student Summit. Students arrived in New York on the 12th of July and went straight into action, begining work on the goals for the next year of the Nord Anglia Global Challenge. Students actively discussed possible methods to ensure Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities and Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production. They divided themselves into groups according to their regions to address the specific problems they have identified in their area. Even with the challenge of working with strangers, students were able to come up with creative ideas to promote eco-friendly lifestyles and raise awareness of the Global Goals. An example of the projects discussed was an app to get the younger generation aware and engaged in global development.

UN Trip Helen's report BISCSL

15th  & 16th July – Model United Nations

The summit also saw students  participate in a Model United Nations conference in committees such as the Security Council, World Health Organisation, and the Food and Agricultural Organisation to debate topics related to the work they have been doing.

Please click here to see a video about the event.

UN Trip Helen Report NAE

17th July – Visit to the United Nations Headquarters

The students have an amazing tour of the United Nations HQ, seeing the General Assembly in session focusing on the SDGs. The representative of UNICEF also held a workshop with the students on the importance of education and the work UNICEF do to work towards meeting this goal.

Please click here to see a video about the event.

UN Trip UN HQ 18 July

18th July – Juillaird Workshop and Gala Dinner at the United Nations Hotel

The final day of the summit saw the ambassadors took part in a workshop at The Juilliard School that was designed to build their confidence when speaking in public. Students then took part in a plenary session and pledged how they would use what they had learnt this week and put it into action when they are back at school.  Each student made a personal pledge on how they would continue their work from home.

This amazing summit was then brought to a close by a gala dinner at the United Nations Hotel.


Congratulations to Sunny and Tildie for winning awards at the Global Goals MUN!

  • Tildie won the most diplomatic in the Food and Agriculture Committee
  • Sunny won the most honourable delegate in the Security Council.

All have returned home inspired and ready to undertake the next steps. A week to remember for all of us!

Please click here to see a video about the event.

Update from: Year 12 student Helen Kim and Mrs.Kaye MacIver, Head of Humanities