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SDGs Summer Camp for College Students - The Role of Youth Community in Implementing the SDGs in the Republic of Korea
17-19 July 2017
RCE Tongyeong, Republic of Korea
Introduction

1. Background

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Summer Camp for College Students is hosted by the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) in collaboration with Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea, Yonsei University and Incheon National University on 17-19 July 2017 in RCE Tongyeong, Republic of Korea.

The role of youth is crucial in the implementation of SDGs. One in every three people alive today is under the age of thirty, most of them living in Asia and Africa. Over the past few years, young people have been actively engaged in the discussion on SDGs and its implementation. The participation of youth should be ensured at all relevant levels because it affects their lives today and has implications for their future.

Since the adoption of SDGs, the Korean Government requested UNOSD's support in raising awareness for the SDGs. Specifically, there was a request for developing partnership activities for the young generation in collaboration with Yonsei University at the 2016 Steering Committee of UNOSD. The more the youth understand the content and the complexities of SDGs, the better they will be able to promote sustainable development as global citizens. Consequently, this summer camp will focus on how these goals touch upon the three dimensions of development -economic, social and environmental, and how each student's interest fits with one or more of these goals.

The Ministry of Environment and Yonsei University have been developing SDGs awareness programme. Incheon National University is also one of the leading academic institutions in sustainable development education in the region. Tongyeong Regional Centre of Expertise for Education on Sustainable Development (hereinafter as RCE Tongyeong) has been recommended by the Ministry of Environment as the venue for the Summer Camp for its prominent reputation as leading environmental education institution in Korea, as well as its convenientfacilities and amenities suitable for this activity.

With this backdrop, this year's SDGs summer camp for college students will be hosted by UNOSD in collaboration with Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea (ROK), Yonsei University and Incheon National University. The summer camp is designed to promote SDGs awareness and global citizenship among the youth of ROK by providing the platform to learn and share ideas and experiences about the SDGs, and to promote their engagement in SDGs dialogues reflecting on the current Korean circumstances.

The United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) supports U.N. Member States in planning and implementing sustainable development strategies, notably through knowledge sharing, research, training and partnership building. This summer camp will be held in accordance with the 2017 work programme of the UNOSD as a part of partnership development component (3.3).

2. Objectives

The objectives of this summer camp, with a major focus on the role of youth community in the implementation of SDGs, are: 1) To build and enhance youth's knowledge on the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, and their implementation in the context of the Republic of Korea; 2) To promote youth's engagement in dialogues on SDGs' implementation in the ROK; and 3) To build and expand UNOSD's partnership for promoting the SDGs.

3. Participants and Format

Around 40 college students from Yonsei University and Incheon National University will participate in the summer camp. Universities will propose a list of students with due consideration of diversity and balance (e.g., gender, major, , nationality, etc.). UNOSD will finalise the list of participants based on the recommendation made by the two participating universities. Students are requested to conduct preparatory research on one of the SDGs before the summer camp and participate actively in group discussions during the summer camp. UNOSD staff and Professors and Teaching Assistants will deliver lectures and provide the necessary guidance for the group work and plenary discussions.

The Summer Camp will feature plenary sessions for 1) familiarizing the SDGs in national and international context; 2) deliberations on the role of youth community and 3) discussions on specific themes (e.g. water and sustainable tourism) which are of particular importance to the ROK context. UNOSD staff and domestic resource persons will deliver the presentations and lead the discussions. The breakout sessions and final group presentation will be highly interactive and will provide a platform for students to express themselves among other groups of young people on a more hands-on approach to the implementation of the SDGs. This event will be conducted in English.

4. Programme

The programme is provided in a separate document.

5. Schedule and Venue

The Summer Camp will be held at Tongyeong Regional Center for Expertise on Sustainable Development Education (RCE Tongyeong), Republic of Korea. It is scheduled from 17 to 19 July 2017.

6. Organisers

This event is hosted by the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) in collaboration with Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea, Yonsei University and Incheon National University.

7. Outputs

The summer camp will produce two primary outputs. They include:

  • 40 college students with enhanced knowledge on Sustainable Development Goals and their implementation, particularly in the context of the Republic of Korea.
  • A short report on the training, with recommendations for similar future trainings.
  • Programme

    SDGs Summer Camp for College Students Concept Note (Updated as of 13 July 2017)

    SDGs Summer Camp for College Students Programme (Updated as of 13 July 2017)

    Logistics
    List of Participants
    Day 1 - 17 July 2017

    Session 1: Overview of Progress towards the Agenda 2030 and the SDGs and the current status of SDGs' implementation

    Session 2: Towards Global Sustainable Development and the Role of the Youth Community

    Day 2 - 18 July 2017

    Session 3: Thematic presentations (Goal 6 & 8) and discussion

    3.1:Implementing Agenda 2030 for Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG 6) in the Republic of Korea

    3.2:Implementing Agenda 2030 for Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8): Sustainable Tourism and National Heritages in the Republic of Korea

    Day 3 - 19 July 2017

    Session 4: Group Presentations & Discussions

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