IMSA Focus for ISSF 2018

“To significantly influence life on our planet.”

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

On September 25th, 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. 

One of IMSA’s founding principles is to “significantly influence life on our planet.” The International Student Science Fair (ISSF) 2018 program, hosted at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in June 2018, will address three of the world’s issues that surpass national boundaries and cannot be resolved by any one country acting alone. This trailblazing event will encourage and foster cooperation and collaboration among participating students and educators while addressing the global goals of clean and affordable energy, zero hunger and clean water to improve people’s lives around the world.

To learn more about the global goals watch the videos below and visit: www.globalgoals.org 

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Michael Green on SDG’s (TED)

Learning Objectives for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

UNESCO, as the United Nations’ specialized agency for education, is entrusted to lead and coordinate the Education 2030 Agenda, which is part of a global movement to eradicate poverty through 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Education, essential to achieve all of these goals, has its own dedicated Goal 4, which aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” The Education 2030 Framework for Action provides guidance for the implementation of this ambitious goal and commitments.

Read more about the learning objectives for The Global Education 2030 Agenda

ISSF2018 & THREE GLOBAL GOALS

Water. Hunger. Energy.

Clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in is the central message of UN SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation. Freshwater sustains human life and is vital for human health. However, due to reduced economics or poor infrastructure, 40 percent of the global population is affected by water scarcity (most of them children). Read more from the United Nations about why clean water and sanitation matters.

 

Resources

About UN SDG 6: Water
UN SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation: Why it Matters
UN-Water
World Water Assessment Programme
UNESCO Water
UNDP Water and Ocean Governance
UN Water for Life Decade
End Open Defecation
UN-HABITAT Water and Sanitation 

“It is time to rethink how we grow, share and consume our food” is the central message of UN SDG 2: Zero Hunger. According to the United Nations, 795 million people in the world, or one in nine people are undernourished and not healthy enough to lead an active life. Hunger and malnutrition are the number one risk to health worldwide. Read more from the United Nations about why zero hunger matters.

 

Resources

About UN SDG 2: Hunger
Zero Hunger: Why it Matters
International Fund for Agricultural Development
Food and Agriculture Organization
World Food Programme
UNICEF – Nutrition
Zero Hunger Challenge
Think.Eat.Save. 
Reduce your footprint

Affordable and clean energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today and is the focus of UN SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy. One in five people globally lacks electricity to light their homes or conduct business. Clean and affordable energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today — jobs, security, climate change, and food production. Read more from the United Nations about why affordable and clean energy matters.

 

Resources

About UN SDG 7: Energy
Affordable and Clean Energy: Why it Matters
Sustainable Energy for All initiative
UNDP Environment and Energy
UNIDO Energy and Climate Change

Learn more about the UN SDG

On September 25th, 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. Visit www.un.org to learn more.