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St. Gallen Students Visit UNITAR to Learn about the New Agenda for Sustainable Development

27 January 2016 | Geneva, Switzerland

Following to the 1st Youth Climate Dialogues with the Lilongwe Girls Secondary School (Malawi) held in November 2015, the students from St. Gallen (Switzerland) visited UNITAR to learn more about climate change and sustainable development.

The school visit of the St. Gallen Kantonsschule am Burggraben (Switzerland) to the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) featured a presentation of UNITAR’s history and role in the field of development cooperation, climate change and green development. The visit offered the opportunity to showcase the main on-line and interactive training tools developed by UNITAR in the field of climate change and green development as well as introduce the learning methodology at the basis of these products.

A representative from Malawi, one of the UN CC:Learn partner countries, discussed with the pupils about the challenges of reducing CO2 emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in Malawi, and how education and training can drive human behavior change towards sustainable development goals and improve a better management of ecosystems.  After each presentation, the students were given the opportunity to ask direct questions to UNITAR’s facilitators.

Ms. Stella Funsani GAMA,  Department of Forestry, MalawiMs. Stella Funsani GAMA, Department of Forestry, Malawi

Towards the end of the visit, the pupils engaged in a group work activity focused on the youth’s role in the promotion of the new 2030 Development Agenda. In the group work, each student developed a tweet on how they would address the issue linked to Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.

Here are some examples:

  • Remember your food – don’t let it go to waste #climateaction #responsibleconsumption #SDG12
  • I will accept who I am and who others are, because I want to see a more gender equal society #SDG5 #genderequality
  • I will #recycle more because I want to see less waste in the world #SDG12 #responsibleconsumption
  • There are different nations but we should treat everyone the same #SDG10 #reducedinequalities #noracism

You can see more students’ Tweets on #YouthClimateDialogues

Students are drafting Twitter messagesStudents are drafting Twitter messages

A short movie about the Youth Climate Dialogue is also available here: