AIESEC with its global network of 100.000 members have begun their stride towards transforming the world with the Sustainable Development Goals. The 17 sustainable development goals are the greatest achievement of humankind, and promises the greatest change that has been seen on the planet.
How does AIESEC contribute to the change?
Unless you have lived under a rock for more than 5 years (which, admittedly, could be very cozy, if only lacking in good wifi connection), than you must have heard about the Sustainable Development Goals.
Even AIESEC has committed to it.
Changing the world in 17 easy steps
About the ambitious plan that is the Sustainable Development Goals, one can read about in a most excellent article, describing not only the goals themselves, but detailing the steps and the desired outcome.
What are the goals?
1) End poverty in all its forms everywhere
2) End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture
3) Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages
4) Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
5) Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
6) Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
7) Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
8) Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all
9) Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation
10) Reduce inequality within and among countries
11) Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
12) Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
13) Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
14) Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
15) Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss
16) Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
17) Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development
How do we get there?
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In the following few paragraphs, we would like to show some of our great interns, who took a leap of faith in 2016, and have taken on the challenge of learning about new cultures, and, at the end, about themselves.
At the same time, it is not merely about the personal development we advocate for in AIESEC.
We are really striving to work together with the local communities in order to bring positive change into their lives.
Young people will be the people who implement and carry these goals over the next 15 years, and this is why we need to engage them on these issues today.
At the same time, we need to help decision makers understand what the global youth opinion is, and how we can work together to address these issues. Young people must understand the depth of these goals and how they will impact our lives and our common future.
By going on an AIESEC internship, you will be able to have a direct, positive, and immediate impact on the culture you meet.
Goal 4: Lifelong learning, inclusive and quality education
Our intern, Mie, travelled to Magic Mexico this summer, to help out a language school there.
In the meantime, she did not only make lifelong friends, she also promoted quality education as a cornerstone for a brighter future for young people.
In AIESEC, we believe that every young person should have the chance to develop and educate themselves, regardless of country, status, or gender.
Post-SDG goal: Migration and human mobility
This is a tricky one. Surely no-one has remained disaffected amidst the current events unfolding in Europe. People are seeking a better future for themselves and for their loved ones, and it has been so since centuries.
Now, we can all have opinions about it, but one thing’s for sure: something must be done.
The UN also thought likewise, and have sat down after the SDG goals have been published, to include the question of migration and human mobility in the 2030-goals.
The question of human rights have increasingly come into focus, as the number of foreigners, be it international students, political refugees, or other kind of migrants, have been travelling to developed countries. Meanwhile their own countries struggle to find the right talents for the right jobs, or address the issues of widening income gap.
AIESEC has thought of that too, and created the great InteGREAT project, in collaboration with few western countries, such as Switzerland or us, Denmark.
The point was to help refugees learn the language faster, and to create culturally enhancing learning programmes for them.
We sought to better understand the challenges and under what circumstances these challenges are tackled by the different contexts that are European societies.
How can we learn from each other, what role can society play?
Are you interested in learning more? Why not head over to our Volunteer section, and see some of the many opportunities, where you can help real people with real issues?