This past September, the United Nations ratified 17 global sustainable development goals that will provide a framework for the world’s development through 2030. On Tuesday, October 13, Cherie Enns, Yvon Dandurand, and Amy Prevost hosted an event in the Student Union Building that aimed to link these ratified goals with community engagement from recently returned UFV student interns, UFV faculty and administrators, as well as special guests.
The evening was a remarkable success, with great representation from various corners of UFV and the greater community coming together for an interdisciplinary conversation about the goals. Moderated by Yvon Dandurand, the first half of the evening had 17 speakers, each of whom had two minutes to link their work to a specific sustainable development goal.
During the second half of the evening, six UFV students (four of whom are Queen Elizabeth Scholars) had the opportunity to present case studies from their internship experiences in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and demonstrated how undergraduates can contribute to the development of the UN ratified goals. In order to maintain this positive growth in sustainable development, it is important to inform and include younger generations in the discussion and promotion of these challenges. Over $400,000 in funding from the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Program will provide future internship opportunities in East Africa for UFV undergraduate students.
For more information on the event, click here —-> UFV and SDGs: Event Summary