Promoting Sustainable Development in Lockdown

One of the key responsibilities for being a United Nations Academic Impact Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) Hub for SDG 16 is to promote Goal 16 and all the Global Goals. The lockdown period has seen lots of opportunities for us to deliver projects on the ground to support our communities and also to join lots of conferences and online discussions. Although it doesn’t quite match being there in 4D, it means most are recorded and can be shared. I thought I’d post some that I have taken part in. Some times things don’t go perfectly, but then again, neither do the ones in real life.

Here is DMU’s celebration of the UN International Day of Peace, which aligns neatly with our status as a United Nations Academic Impact Hub for SDG16, Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.

On UN World Homelessness Day we discussed the interactions between SDG 16, other SDGs and the challenges people who sleep rough face. DMU has some exciting plans to support organisations who help the homeless as part of our Covid-19 DMU Community Solutions Programme.

We had a UN VIP, Ambassador Macharia Kamau, address the university in October. Hundreds of students joined the call to hear the ambassador give an inspiring talk. Ambassador Kamau is widely regarded as one of the co-designers of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), having served as Vice President of the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly, Co-Chair of the General Assembly Working Group on the  (SDGs) (2012-2014) and co-facilitator of the post 2015 Development Agenda (2014-2015).DMU, as United Nations Academic Impact Hub for SDG16, is serious about inspiring young people and researchers about the global goals and the significance of implementing them. To underline this commitment Ambassador Kamau will also be launching DMU’s sustainability strategy: A Sustainable DMU that combines research excellence, innovative thinking and ambitious plans for our estates. Here is recording of the session:

Anyone wishing to learn more about the work of the UNAI SDG 16 Hub at DMU can follow us on social media on Twitter and Instagram.

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