The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice.
The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, it ís important that we achieve each Goal and target by 2030. Learn more about each issue on the website of the UN www.un.org.
End extreme poverty. Fight inequality and injustice. Fix climate change. Whoa. The Sustainable Development Goals are important, world-changing objectives that will require cooperation among governments, international organizations and world leaders. It seems impossible that the average person can make an impact. Should you just give up?
No! Change starts with you. Seriously. Every human on earth - even the most indifferent, laziest person among us - is part of the solution. Fortunately, there are some super easy things we can adopt into our routines that, if we all do it, will make a big difference.
Have a look at just a few of the many things you can do to make an impact:
In July 2018, 27 children from Japan and Switzerland (10-15 years old) had the unique opportunity to participate to an international exchange in Geneva on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This program was launched for the first time by JCI Switzerland and JCI Japan.
During 4 days they learnt about child labor, gender equality, improving health, reducing inequalities and poverty, building partnerships and creating sustainable impact.
They visited various NGOs in Geneva, where they learned more about the SDGs (the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the UN).
At the International Labor Organization (ILO), they reflected in groups on the children labor, working laws and the future of work. What is the future of work? What can we do to improve our future?
At the World Health Organization (WHO) they learnt about health issues in the world and how the WHO is remediating to them. An interactive session where they could ask all their questions. The WHO has a long-standing history of collaboration with Japan, several of its General Directors have been Japanese.
At the United Nations (UN) they learnt about the SDGs and what they mean. Children were divided in several groups to solve the games and find out more about the SDGs. For example, they had to match descriptions of the goals with the correct goals. Miming the SDGs was a very funny game, where the children show unexpected theatric talents!
We organized an evening brainstorming about new ideas: each child wrote 2-3 ideas on post-its and they did put them on a board, where all the 17 SDGs were displayed.
For each SDG, we had 3 to 7 ideas, totalizing more than 100 ideas from the children!!
Afterwards, each person in the room (adult and child) received 4 stickers to vote for the best projects. Out of the many interesting ideas, one per team was chosen for the final presentation.
They worked on these projects:
Equal pay for men and women
How to find solutions where men and women get the same salary for the same job. Idea based on a discussion with a female teacher.
Let companies pay penalties when they employ children and give back the money to the parents who cannot send their children to school.
Reduce plastic pollution in the ocean (or lake)
by creating a new collecting machine that picks up the plastic bottles in the ocean.
One way would be to raise awareness among people by drawing pictures and showing them on the streets.
What an amazing experience to see all those people, both adult and children, gather together and having fun, enjoying the complicity of these times. Now we make this project again in 2019. Who will join us?
Adélaïde Charrière, JCI la Côte Vaudoise