Youth & Sustainable Development Goals

April 24, 2017 11:30 AM - April 24, 2017 1:00 PM

350-B Edward R. Madigan Lab (EMRL), 1201 West Gregory Drive

Join us for pizza!

What are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? What are young people and students doing about them? Do you want to learn about the most pressing global issues today?

Come and find out how to become more involved! Made up of seventeen goals, the SDGs are the new global framework passed by United Nations General Assembly to tackle a host of social, environmental, and economic challenges including ending poverty and hunger, providing access to clean water and sanitation, and addressing climate change.

CHRIS DEKKI and AASHISH KHULLAR from the UN Major Group for Children and Youth (UN MGCY) will discuss the relevance of the SDGs. The UN MGCY is the official UN General Assembly mandated space for children and youth to engage in a number of intergovernmental and policy processes at the UN. It has been a key player in global policy formulation since its creation in 1992, as part of Agenda 21.

Christopher Dekki has years of advocacy experience in intergovernmental policy processes at the United Nations. Currently, he is working for the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Sustainable Development, coordinating national Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) implementation workshops in multiple countries. As the former Policy Analysis and Advocacy Officer of the Communitas Coalition, Dekki has worked closely with governments, local and subnational authorities, civil society, and other stakeholders to bridge the policy gaps that exist among the many UN sustainable development processes, particularly in terms of the value of cities and human settlements towards the achievement of national sustainability commitments. Dekki is active in the UN advocacy work of many youth-led organizations, particularly the youth movement from which he comes, the International Movement of Catholic Students. He also supports the UN Major Group for Children and Youth, the official space for youth engagement in UN policy processes, as a Board Member. Dekki is an adjunct professor of political science at St. Joseph's College in New York City.

Aashish Khullar is one of the Organising Partners of the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth. His thematic work includes research in environmental and ecological economics, looking at integration of environmental variables in economic analysis in the context of a steady state economy. He is a StartingBloc fellow. He is originally from New Delhi and received his bachelors from the London School of Economics. He is currently based in Boston. Sponsored by the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Science’s Office of International Programs (OIP).