Nord Anglia students started off the trip by listening to an inspiring speech from Shannon O’Shea, the Partnerships Manager and Team Leader for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Not only did she encourage us to become more involved in the Global Goals, she emphasised the importance of having a progressive outlook in our daily lives in order to advocate for the things we believe in.
Next, the Global Campus Model UN was commenced as students moved into one of three committees: Economic and Social, UN Environment Programme, and UN Habitat. In these committees, we drafted resolutions and participated in discussions surrounding our assigned topics.
In the Economic and Social Council, debate focused on the issue of hydraulic fracturing and shale gas, sparking controversial opinions between delegates. Although very few nations were directly involved in the fracking process, delegates still were actively involved in the debate for economic reasons.
UNEP delegates centered their discussions around waste management. Delegates came up with very creative solutions to tackle the issue, from updating waste management infrastructure to strengthening regulations on electronic waste.
In UNHABITAT, delegates discussed sustainable solutions to slums. As this is an issue that is prominent in many countries, delegates were thoroughly engaged in sharing their countries’ stances. The committee worked collaboratively to explore various perspectives of the problem and come up with effective resolutions.
Prior to the trip, a survey about the Global Goals was sent out to all Nord Anglia Schools around the world. Four students on the trip were selected to write a report to UNICEF to summarise the results of this survey, draw implications and make recommendations. They made very insightful comments about the survey, such as how responses showed that there is generally a lack of understanding of the Goals. Another four students were then given the amazing opportunity of presenting these findings to the High Level Political Forum and telling them what we, as Nord Anglia students, have been doing to achieve the Global Goals.
We visited the UNICEF headquarters in New York and participated in workshops led by UNICEF staff, where students discussed the implications and consequences of violence against children. Discussing such a mature topic gave us better insight into the possible actions we could take to solve the problem.