Environment

MPs for SDGs

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

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Under the guidance of the United Nations team in Jamaica, student leaders from five high schools yesterday issued Members of Parliament with commemorative sustainable development goal (SDG) pins as they arrived at Gordon House.

The pins featured the SDG colour wheel, with 17 different shades representing the 17 SDGs.

UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Bruno Pouezat told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that the activity was designed to bring awareness to the need for continued action towards the achievement of the SDGs — the global plan to transform the world, including Jamaica, by 2030.

“What we have been trying to do, starting on the 25th of October with UN Day, was to bring this discussion into the public arena; reach out to schoolchildren and university students and help them incorporate the sustainable development goals into their own life,” Pouezat said.

“We are spreading awareness about the sustainable development goals, what they mean for people's life and how everyone can contribute to Jamaica and the whole world acheiving them by 2030,” he added.

Pouezat said it was significant for students to do the pinning as “it's their world, and by 2030 they will be running Jamaica. It's important that they be on board with this agenda if we really want the agenda to be achieved by 2030”.

A similar exercise has been planned for members of the Upper House.

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