Brock club host to SDG youth training

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Brock’s chapter of the CCGHR is gearing up for an event on SDGs. The club, which has been operating at Brock since September of 2014, aims at creating a knowledge network that promotes equity in health, an aim that coincides with the mission of SDGs.

The Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research is a not-for-profit organization that has been active since 2003. Comprised of global health students, researchers and practitioners at institutions across Canada, the CCGHR aims to create democratic and accountable knowledge generation and application that can contribute to equitable, improved health and well-being worldwide.

Brock’s chapter of the CCGHR wants to further these aims within the Brock community.

“Being on the CCGHR is important in order to spread awareness to these larger systems and issues that we don’t really think about in our daily lives,” says Christine Saleeb, a fourth year Medical Sciences student and the Brock CCGHR co-president. “Oftentimes I find that once we are in our own bubble of school or work or volunteering and responsibilities, we tend to forget the larger issues in the world. We are all humans of this world and we need to be considering how we can use our efforts, resources and abilities to help each other globally.”

The club’s event on Sustainable Development Goals will be its first event of the year, featuring youth training with UN officials, policy makers and and civil society activists who created, implementing the SDGs worldwide. The goal of the event is to develop a deeper understanding of what the SDGs are as well as getting youth connected with organizations through which you can become SDG Advocates.

“The Foundation for Environmental Stewardship has a goal that all youth in Canada would know what Sustainable Development Goals are,” Saleeb furthers. “In addition, there will be 100 local implementation projects towards solving some of the issues that these goals bring up.”

Through taking part in the youth training, students will receive a certificate from the Foundation for Environmental Stewardship.

The event, held at Brock University on November 11, will take place between 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The keynote speaker for the event will be Christian Courtis, a Human Rights Officer with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Additional to the upcoming event, Brock’s chapter of the CCGHR will also be collaborating with McMaster University’s chapter at the CCGHR Waterloo Forum this coming February.

“It’s another great opportunity to get involved with Global Health, that includes workshops, panelists as well as being a great opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to present their research,” says Julia Vinagre, a fourth year Medical Sciences student and the vice-president of communication for Brock’s chapter of the CCGHR. “More information about the forum will be posted as soon as it’s available.”

Brock’s chapter of the CCGHR has other opportunities on campus for students to get involved as well, through volunteering to help out with events like the SDG youth training event and the Forum in Waterloo. Additionally, the club has bi-weekly meetings Monday afternoons between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. in WH 8G, as well as having weekly tabling in front of the fishbowl.

If you’re interested in learning more about Brock’s Chapter of the CCGHR, you can email them at brockccghr@gmail.com, or you can find them on Facebook at Brock CCGHR, twitter at @brockccghr, and Instagram at @brockccghr as well.

As for the SDG event, tickets are limited and can be found at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/sustainable-development-goals-youth-training-brock-university-tickets-34780108240. Tickets are being sold for $15, having been heavily subsidized from its original price of $250 due to the generous contributions of sponsors. The event is open to all students.

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