“How actively are you working on the SDGs in your country, and in what ways?” Kali Taylor, project assistant at the UN SDG Lab, the international institute for sustainable development, invited us for a discussion. Us, as in the JCI members from various European countries, separated from each other symbolically at different tables around the room during the European Conference in Basel. Before we began the themed table discussions, Kali told us more about the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. We quickly realized that sustainable development is much more than just a theoretical concept for working toward a better society.
After that inspiring start, Kali set us to work on the interactive part of the workshop. The different countries were asked to ‘pitch’ how they are working toward the Sustainable Development Goals. It was a perfect opportunity for the Netherlands to mention the World Congress, the Global Goals Magazine and, naturally, the development of what we call the Global Goals Game.
After listening to the various country presentations, the seven themed tables continued the discussions further. We shared ideas, and filled a flip-over with possibilities for how to spread the word about the SDGs. These varied from Tinder for Volunteers and a global databank of projects, to a card game with project examples for children. In other words, more ideas than time). In addition, the founders of the Youth Solutions Report, SDSN Youth, explained how the world’s youth is contributing to sustainable development. All in all, it was an educational afternoon that was certainly worth repeating.