Several eighth grade students were "pinned" by Ambassador Dessima Williams when she affixed colorful UN lapel pins to their collars, symbolizing their grade-wide commitment to supporting the UN General Assembly's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) initiative. In keeping with Dwight's commitment to educate global leaders who can help make the world a better place, students have been learning about SDGs in their Leadership class with Shelby Korman, Associate Head of the Middle School.
Dubbed "a master plan for humanity" by President Peter Thomson, 71st President of the UN General Assembly, SDGs are an urgent and universal call to action to improve life on our planet in a sustainable way for future generations. There are 17 SDGs targets aimed at tackling some of our world's most the pressing challenges by the year 2030:
- No poverty
- Zero hunger
- Good health and well-being
- Quality education
- Gender equality
- Clean water and sanitation
- Affordable and clean energy
- Decent work and economic growth
- Industry, innovation and infrastructure
- Reduced inequalities
- Sustainable cities and communities
- Responsible consumption and production
- Climate action
- Life below water
- Life on land
- Peace, justice and strong institutions
- Partnerships for the goals
These goals are interconnected, as the General Assembly points out; the key to success in one area will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another.
Ambassador Williams, who serves as Special Adviser for Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, encouraged students to "know, own, and live the SDGs to help yourselves, the world you are living in, and the world you will be passing on to your children." She applauded their commitment to learning about the global goals and encouraged students to take action to improve life and our planet in a sustainable way.
They will begin doing just that shortly.
In the next few weeks, eighth graders will select one of the 17 goals that personally resonates with them and work on actionable SDG-related projects in multiple classes, including Design, Individuals and Societies, and Leadership.
We look forward to seeing their inspired projects take shape!