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Local Youth Explore 5 P’s of the Sustainable Development Goals that took effect January 1st

Released on January 28th 2016

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA: The Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) will bring its annual conference Generating Momentum for Our World: The Sustainable Development Goals to Winnipeg today, January 28, 2016. Twenty-two students and seven teachers from six schools in the Prairie Rose, Sunrise, Seine River, and Seven Oaks school divisions will be attending the one-day conference at the Glenwood Community Centre to learn about issues surrounding the Sustainable Development Goals.

Students will explore the five P’s of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership — through learning how their actions here can be felt around the world. They will discover how the term ‘sustainability’ is not exclusive to environmental issues, but to social and economic issues as well. Through a series of simulation games, circuit sessions and workshops, students will learn answers to important questions such as: How will our lives be different in the future? What can we do to take action for a more sustainable future?

MCIC’s Generating Momentum for Our World: The Sustainable Goals Glenwood Community Centre – 27 Overton St., Winnipeg Today! January 28, 2016, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Media are encouraged to stop by around 9:30 am for photo opportunities.

The morning session will include an opening plenary, public speaking, and peer-to-peer skill development. In the afternoon, students will participate in creative workshops and a session on how to take action.

“It’s exciting to focus on the Sustainable Development Goals as they were passed by the United Nations in September and went into effect January 1st,” says Janice Hamilton, Executive Director of MCIC. “We are eager for students to learn more about the SDGs because this generation will play an important role to help make a difference in the future.”

The Winnipeg conference is the third in a series of five that are being held throughout Manitoba this school year. The Generating Momentum conferences are made possible through financial support MCIC receives from the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada (GAC).

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Since 2002, the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) has hosted a number of successful conferences on international development issues for both middle years and high school students. The purpose of these conferences is to engage students in discussion of global issues, and help them move through the stages of planning an activity and then organizing it in their school or communities. Generating Momentum for Our World is an exciting opportunity for young people to learn about an issue, build leadership skills, take positive action, and have fun doing it!