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Posted on: 24 Oct 2020

With just 10 years to go, an ambitious global effort is underway to deliver the 2030 promise to achieve the 17 SDGs as set out by the United Nations.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of United Nations Day. 

24 October 1945 is the historic day when the UN officially came into being after the ratification of the Charter by the world’s biggest countries.

As we know, 2020 has been an unforgiving, rollercoaster of a year. COVID-19 significantly upped the pressure already faced by the UN’s “decade of action”. This "decade of action" calls for accelerating sustainable solutions to all the world’s most daunting challenges - ranging from poverty to income inequality, to gender inequality and climate change.

With just 10 years to go, an ambitious global effort is underway to deliver the 2030 promise to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as set out by the UN.

“2020 needs to usher in a decade of ambitious action to deliver the Goals by 2030,” says the UN. This can only be achieved together by means of mass collaboration and by mobilising more governments, civil society, businesses and calling on all people to be part of these efforts to uplift our planet and humanity at large. 

In September 2019, the UN Secretary-General identified three levels of necessary action that needs to be taken within this decade to ensure effective progress.

“ action to secure greater leadership, more resources and smarter solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals; local action embedding the needed transitions in the policies, budgets, institutions and regulatory frameworks of governments, cities and local authorities; and people action, including by youth, civil society, the media, the private sector, unions, academia and other stakeholders, to generate an unstoppable movement pushing for the required transformations.”

Progress is being made in many places, that’s for sure. However, achieving these goals remain a Herculean task. Overall action is not yet advancing at the speed or scale required; what began as a health crisis has quickly become a human and socio-economic crisis.

So, when we talk about mass collaboration for change, we really need to talk about including high school students in the conversation. University students often study and address sustainable solutions to all the world’s biggest challenges in their coursework. However, these kinds of discussions and modules are frequently left out of the high school curriculums.

Valenture Institute’s SDG Labs, which form part of our British curriculum, tackle all major development challenges for humanity by using the framework of the 17 SDGs in our SDG Labs.

“We've curated one introductory course and four themed courses, or SDG Labs, which will equip students with the knowledge and understanding to drive social change for a sustainable future." - Cris Robertson, Sustainability Learning Designer at Valenture Institute

This means students are taught to approach problems, intersectionally. These courses equip them with the critical thinking skills needed to take action and to hopefully campaign for sustainable practices for a better world in whichever industry they choose to work in future.

Learn more about the SDGs here.

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