Global Youth Virtual Roundtable: UN Youth Leaders Engage High School Students in Korea for the SDGs

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UN Youth Leaders Engage High School Students in Korea for Achieving the SDGs Together through IVECA-Global Youth Virtual Roundtable

On July 13, Youth leaders working at the UN or NGOs associated with the UN met virtually with Jeonmin high school students in Daejeon, Korea and discussed what roles youth can play to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The inspiring dialogue between global youth leaders and Korean students took place through IVECA’s Global Youth Virtual Roundtable.

The goal of the Virtual Roundtable was to facilitate understanding of the SDGs and promote youth involvement in achieving glScreen Shot 2016-07-14 at 11.42.16 AMobal agenda to make a better world. Four distinguished youth panelists presented about the SDGs and shared their passion and groundwork to contribute to the goal achievement. Jeonmin High School students also introduced the IVECA global project they worked collaboratively with their partner country students over three years.

Following the Kyeongju Action Plan from the 66th UN DPI/NGO Conference on Education for Global Citizenship held in Korea this May, IVECA initiated the Virtual Roundtable with the youth in New York and Korea. The initiative successfully demonstrated potential to inspire youth from different countries to get involved in actions for the SDGs. Both youth leaders and Korean high school students commented on their experiences as below:

“Before this Roundtable, I thought we are only high school students and there would not be much for us to actually do for the world. After going through this conversation, I realized we have a responsibility as youth in making impact for the better world and there are many things we can do with our capacity!” – A Jeonmin high school student

Screen Shot 2016-07-14 at 11.56.04 AM“It was definitely a life changing experience. I went into the room being scared, however, I left feeling confident that my peers felt similar frustrations [about the global issues] and wanted to play a role in combating the issues that threaten society today. During the chat, I felt comfortable enough to release my passion, which I felt that my fellow peers did as well. I definitely think that this initiative should be continued by IVECA.” – Youth leader S.

“Thank you very much for giving the opportunity to partake in the virtual classroom event. It was a wonderful experience. I hope we are able to do it again. It was inspirational!” – Youth leader A.

“How effective IVECA Virtual Roundtable was able to bridge the distance in connecting to students half away around the world! My one other suggestion would be: “Let’s do it again!”  – Youth leader J.