Brock University’s chapter of the Canadian Coalition of Global Health Research (CCGHR) has just headed into its third year, bringing with it a special upcoming event that will bring SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) Youth Training to Brock. The event, held in partnership with the Foundation for Environmental Stewardship, will take place November 11, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
“Are you interested in climate action, reducing inequalities, peace and justice, eradicating poverty, clean energy, responsible consumption, sustainable economic growth, or working for the United Nations?” Julia Vinagre, the Vice President of Communications for the club, asks. “Do you want to get involved in locally or internationally implementing these sustainable changes to help make the world a better place?”
The Brock CCGHR, which held its first meeting of the year yesterday, is an academic club that aims to create dialogue within the university institution through faculties, researchers, and students. Vinagre says the idea is to “promote global health research, and provide opportunities for mentorship and networking events.”
The event, which will be hosted in the Pond Inlet, will be conducted by United Nations (UN) officials for Brock students. The object of the event is to, as Vinagre states, “encourage Canadians — especially youth — to learn more about how to contribute to international development.”
“As global citizens, this is an opportunity for the community to share their experiences and ideas on ways to increase sustainable development around the world,” Vinagre says. “Bring attention to both global and local initiatives that are sparking change.”
SDGs, or more formally known as ‘Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ is comprised of 17 global goals with 169 targets. The premise: to pushing the world towards a better future through three dimensions: economic growth, social inclusion, and environmental protections. Through an intergovernmental agreement spearheaded by the UN.
On September 25, 2015, over 193 UN member states had unanimously approved the 17 goals and adopted the SDGs. This includes the 169 targets that are used as a framework to help end poverty and protect the planet by shaping political agendas and policies.
“Building on the momentum started by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the aim of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is to go further by addressing the root causes of poverty, as well as the universal need for development that works for all people,” Vinagre says.
This falls in line with the CCGHR’s overall ideals as the not-for-profit organization is a knowledge network for promoting equity, whether that be through eradicating poverty or the betterment of the environment.
The training during this event and others across different post secondary institutions has two overarching goals. The first goal is advocacy, the idea being that every student taking part in post secondary education at a university or college institution will be aware what SDGs are. The second is local implementation, with a hopeful outcome of launching over 100 local implementation action projects.
As for the guest line-up, Christian Courtis, a human rights officer with the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, will be attending the training event as a guest speaker.
“We will also have several Non-Governmental Organizations who are already doing work in terms of sustainable development goals, international projects, and youth,” Vinagre adds. “This will give youth a wonderful opportunity to network with other professionals around Niagara and beyond and give them ideas in how to implement their own projects. We will also have a panelist discussion towards the end.”
While everyone is invited as it is a public event, tickets are limited so if you’re interested, consider purchasing yours as soon as possible. Ticket costs, which would usually be $250 have been generously subsidized to only $15.
If you would like to purchase tickets for the SDGs Youth Training, they are available at: (will be provided shortly).
Brock’s chapter of the CCGHR meetings are also held biweekly in and are held in room 305 of Welch Hall if you are interested at all in attending.
Additionally, if you would like to learn more about the Brock chapter of the CCGHR, you can find them on Instagram and Twitter as BrockCCGHR as well as Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/BrockCCGHR/ and Experience BU at https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/organization/BrockCCGHR,