Building on the momentum started by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the aim of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is to go further by addressing the root causes of poverty, as well as the universal need for development that works for all people. The 17 goals cover the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic growth, social inclusion, and environmental protections.
In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, the SDGs Youth Training is mobilizing 10,000 Canadian youth to advocate and implement the SDGs through 100 local actions and 50 training summits in colleges and universities across Canada in 2017.
Each and every training summit is attended by at least one UN official who can offer insights and backgrounds into the SDGs and provide an inside perspective on how they can be implemented. In addition, they will also share their experiences with other young people from around the world who are implementing the SDGs in their communities.
Students attending the SDG Youth Training Summit will be propelled into advocacy and awareness, and will be provided with skills and opportunities that will allow them to foster and create real change at a municipal, provincial and national level.
On September 25th, 2015, 193 UN Member States unanimously adopted the 17 SDGs and its 169 targets, which frames our agendas and political policies until 2030 to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.
This Youth Summit held in Edmonton is organized and planned by the Enactus MacEwan Members with help from the University of Alberta Enactus members.