※ 500 ~ 700 words for essay contest and 4 minutes for speech contest
Goal: SDGs Goal 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities
Substantial progress has been made in reducing the proportion of the global urban population living in slums, though more than 1 billion people continue to live in such situations. Urgent action is needed to reverse the current situation, which sees the vast majority of urban residents breathing poor-quality air and having limited access to transport and open public spaces. With the areas occupied by cities growing faster than their populations, there are profound repercussions for sustainability.
Topic: As population growth is overtaking available land, cities are expanding far beyond their formal administrative boundaries. Such urban sprawls can be seen in many cities around the world, and not only in developing regions. As a result, the importance of building sustainable cities is receiving more attention than ever before. In your opinion, what kind of policies must be implemented to reduce urban sprawls? What are the prerequisites for a sustainable city?
Goal: SDGs – Cross-cutting Goals
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.
Topic: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are underpinned by international human rights principles. How are human rights upheld within the SDGs? How can the SDGs be implemented using a human rights approach?