Friday to Sunday 25 to 27 September 2015, 193 leaders from the world’s 196 countries will gather in New York City for the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in order to formally adopt a new framework, Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, composed of 17 goals and 169 targets. These Sustainable Development Goals will transform our world over the next fifteen years. Their implementation will help to
- end extreme poverty,
- fight inequality and injustice,
- fix climate change.
A record number of top world leaders, Pope Francis, and entertainers such as Shakira, Angelique Kidjo, and the youngest ever Nobel Laureate, Malala Yousafzaii, will gather for the kickoff on Friday. Goodwill Ambassadors and renown others, including astrophysicist Stephen Hawking have filmed public service announcements to help spread the word.
On Thursday 24 September, the WVC Office of Student Equity and Success and the WVC Global Citizenship Committee held a brief ceremony, in the Campus Center, to celebrate this momentous event.
Students, faculty, staff, the Director of Student Equity and Success, Herlisa Hamp, Vice President of Student Services, Dr. Victoria Hindes, and WVC President, Bradley Davis, attended the cake cutting ceremony and talked about how the 17 goals will guide policies and inform global agendas.