SDG Event- SEEDS OF HOPE AND ACTION
ABOUT THE EVENT:
Galgotias University recently hosted an event focused on the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), encompassing all 17 key goals. The event commenced with a brief educational session to enlighten volunteers about these pivotal goals, setting the stage for an engaging and informative experience. The heart of the event revolved around public interaction, facilitated by dedicated volunteers who were each assigned a distinct goal to elucidate to the audience.
Sustainable development serves as a blueprint for a better and enduring future. This event, organized by the Department of School of Lifelong Learning in collaboration with the Galgotias University Student Council, took place at Galgotias University on October 17th and 18th, 2023. The primary objective of this event was to raise awareness about the 17 core Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations. These goals encompass a wide range of crucial global issues, including 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, strong institutions, and partnerships for these goals. A two-day event aimed to inform students and parents about these goals and motivate them to actively support and participate in SDG initiatives.
On the first day of the event, a team of dedicated volunteers was entrusted with the task of presenting each of the 17 SDG goals. These volunteers were stationed at individual stands, each equipped with comprehensive information about a specific goal. Their role was to engage with students and parents, delivering informative presentations and encouraging a commitment to the SDGs.
Notably, the event received distinguished guests, including Dr. K. Mallikharjuna Babu, the Vice Chancellor of Galgotias University, Dr. Renu Luthra, Advisor to the Chancellor, and Mr. Kaushal Tarun, Dean of the School of Lifelong Learning (SLLL) department. These esteemed dignitaries
visited each stand, engaging in meaningful discussions with volunteers to gain a comprehensive understanding of the event's objectives and the content being presented.
On the second day of the event, Executive Director Ms. Aradhana Galgotia, a prominent figure in the university, graced the event with her presence. Her visit underscored the significance of the event and the importance of the SDG goals. Ms. Aradhana Galgotia interacted with volunteers, further reinforcing the commitment to the SDGs within the university.
The two-day event at Galgotias University was a resounding success in its mission to promote the SDG goals. With dedicated volunteers, active engagement from the university's leadership, and the involvement of esteemed guests, the event served as a milestone in raising awareness about the SDGs. It highlighted the collective responsibility we all share in achieving these goals
and contributing to a sustainable and equitable global future. The event's impact will undoubtedly be felt within the university community and beyond as we work collectively to address global challenges.
17 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS:
In October 2023, 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have seen significant progress and achievements, they are as follows:
SDG 1: No Poverty: Some regions have made substantial progress in reducing extreme poverty, but challenges persist in many areas, particularly in conflict-affected regions.
SDG 2: Zero Hunger: “Zero Hunger” sets out to end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.
SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being: Progress has been made in improving maternal and child health, reducing disease incidence, and expanding access to healthcare.
SDG 4: Quality Education: Enrollment rates in primary and secondary education have increased in many parts of the world.
SDG 5: Gender Equality: Targets to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. The percentage of women who work in national parliaments, local governments, and in managerial positions is still significantly less than that of men.
SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation: Objectives include but are not limited to provide equal universal access to safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene, reduce water pollution, increase water-use efficiency, integrated water-resource management, and protect ecosystems dependent on water.
SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy: Increase renewable energy use, improve energy use efficiency, enhance international cooperation regarding clean energy access, research, and technology, and to upgrade technology in developing countries for sustainable energy services.
SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth: Sustain economic growth, increase economic productivity, improve resource efficiency, achieve full and productive employment, increase working youth population, end forced labor, protect labor rights, promote tourism, and grant access to financial institution access for all.
SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure: Reliable infrastructure for all, sustainable industrialization, increased access of small-scale industries and enterprises in developing countries, rendering industries sustainable, and improving technology in all industries.
SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities: Income growth for the bottom 40 percent of the population at a higher than national average rate, social, economic, and political inclusion, appropriate legislation policies to reduce inequality, wage and fiscal equality, better financial market and institution regulation, legitimate institutions that represent developing countries in global decisions, and safe migration.
SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities: Safe and affordable housing for all, safe and affordable transport for all, sustainable urbanization and human settlement planning, protect cultures around the world, protecting the poor and vulnerable from death by natural disasters,
monitoring air quality and waste management to reduce negative city impact, and to provide green public space.
SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production: implementing a 10-year framework program for sustainable development and consumption, achieving sustainable management, having food waste, managing chemicals and waste in an environmentally responsible way, reduce waste, encourage company sustainable practices, sustainable public procurement practices, and providing access to relevant sustainable development and harmony with nature information.
SDG 13: Climate Action: Being prepared for climate related disasters, integrating climate policies into national policies, and raising climate awareness
SDG 14: Life Below water: Preventing marine pollution, protecting marine and coastal ecosystems, minimizing ocean acidification through impact reduction, protecting the fishing market, conserving marine and coastal areas, and overfishing control.
SDG15: Life on Land: Ensuring freshwater ecosystem health, sustainable management of forests, ensuring mountain ecosystem health, preserving natural habitats, shared benefits of genetic resource use, ending poaching and protected species trafficking, and integrating biodiversity values into national planning.
SDG 16: Peace Justice and Strong institutions: Reduce violence and death rates, end all forms of violence against children, promote law at national and international levels, reduce financial crime, reduce corruption, develop transparent institutions, developing country participation in global governance institutions, legal identity for all, and ensuring public access to information and freedom rights.
SDG 17: Partnerships for goals: Enhance developing country international support, enhancing international cooperation, promote environmentally sound technologies, rule-based and equitable multilateral trading system, increase developing country exports, enhance global economic stability, and coherent sustainable development policy.
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