In 2015 the UN General Assembly formally accepted a new
set of 17 measurable Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ranging from ending
world poverty to achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls by
2030. These were to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of
eight measurable goals which were signed in September 2000.
These goals are considered by world leaders and nations to be essential for
the ongoing viability and wellbeing of all people and living things on Earth.
Young people today will be inheriting the legacy of previous generations which
in many cases have been marked by unsustainable, destructive and isolated
practices that have adversely affected global ecosystems, inflicted harm upon
people, and set in motion some ongoing challenges that will need to be faced by
today's young people. We have an obligation to alert and empower young people to
address these challenges and create new ways of engaging with the world and its
This session will consider the scope of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
and how we as educators can begin to link our teaching and learning to these
Presented by the ISTE Global Collaboration Network.