On Thursday 18 October, De Montfort University (DMU) held the 24 Hour Global Goals event in support of the United Nation's (UN's) 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that addresses the ecological and humanitatian problems we currently face on Earth.
Over the 24 hours, staff and students of DMU contributed to a range of talks and presentations, all aimed at raising awareness and encouraging debate over the UN’s 17 SDGs. This included discussions on World Hunger, Water Pollution, Gender Equality, Period Poverty and many more.
At the end of the 24 hours and following a lot of brilliant discussions and presentations from students and staff at DMU, the DMU Model United Nations Society relaunched.
Staff and students at De Montfort University (DMU) contributed to a variety of brilliant talks and presentations to raise awareness and encourage detabes over the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals.
The DMU Model United Nations Society first launched in 2015 and has since encouraged a large amount of discussions on current topics.
DMU student Kalem Todd, Chairperson of the DMU Model United Nations Society, said: “This year we’re wanting to mimic the functions of the United Nations and sort of organise ourselves in a way so we replicate their functions and what they do, and make students aware of the rules while exposing them to the experience of diplomatic discussions"
"The plan is once a month, we’ll get together on a topical debate. People will be split into groups and be given a particular topic as part of a wider ranging issue and we’ll ask them to give us their best solution to that problem.”
Kalem spoke at the 24 Hour Global Goals event to tell DMU students and staff about what they hope to achieve in the future while working with students and staff at DMU.
Kalem went onto explain what will be happening in the coming months with the Model UN Society: “Every other week we’re also hoping to meet in a less formal setting to give a speed lecture on a topic that’s in the news or that’s quite current at the moment.”
“Another big campaign we are keen to engage with this year is the concept of being a Global Citizen, meaning that we are all citizens of the world, and that we all owe a duty to protect and help others, no matter of their nationality”.
You can find out more information about upcoming events organised by the DMU Model United Nations society here.