2019 SDG Training Session

SDG Training Session - November 30th, 2019


Are you interested in learning more about the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how to take action?

The SDG Training Session will provide participants with an opportunity to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals and challenge them to develop an action plan in order to implement the SDGs locally and make a change. There are five main components to the day: 7-day Knowledge Transfer, History of the SDGs, UN Speaker, Skills Training, and Action Plan.

Prior to the event on November 30th, participants will engage in the 7-day Knowledge Transfer. For the seven days leading up to the event, participants will receive short emails that will provide context to the SDGs. Each email will take about five minutes to complete, including a three minute video. The emails will explain what the SDGs are and highlight examples of their implementation in various sectors. 

The day will be broken into four sessions. The first session will focus on the History of the SDGs and provide examples of how the SDGs have been implemented. The second session is the UN Speaker. Christian Courtis from the United Nations will share his story of how he has implemented the SDGs with his work. Session three, Skills Training, will focus on three areas of skills: awareness campaign, university engagement, and policy advocacy. Finally, the fourth session will focus on the Action Plan. Participants will have an opportunity to work together to develop an action plan that they can implement locally to make a difference. Following the SDG Training Session, participants will receive an electronic certificate verifying their attendance and training on the SDGs. 


Vancouver Island University - Nanaimo Campus

The first half of the day will take place in Building 355 Lecture Hall (room 203). Then for lunch we will move to The Royal Arbutus Room where we will finish off the day. 


9:30 - 10:15 am: Registration, Coffee, and Mingling (Bldg 355 Lobby)

10:15 - 10:45 am: Welcome and Opening Remarks (Bldg 355 Lecture Hall)

10:45 - 11:45 am: Session 1 - History of the SDGs - Advocacy and Local Implementation (Bldg 355 Lecture Hall)

11:45 - 1:00 pm: Session 2 - UN Speaker (Bldg 355 Lecture Hall)

1:00 - 2:15 pm: Lunch Break (Royal Arbutus Room) *Lunch is provided

2:15 - 3:00 pm: Session 3 - Skills Training (Royal Arbutus Room)

3:00 - 4:30 pm: Session 4 - Action Plan and Solution Design (Royal Arbutus Room)

4:30 - 4:45 pm: Conclusion (Royal Arbutus Room)

UN Speaker - Mary Kate Costello

Mary Kate joined The Hunger Project family as a Policy Analyst in August 2014. She had previously been a Fellow for the Alliance for International Youth Development – in partnership with InterAction – and the Executive Program Director for Youth Futures International (YFI) in Ghana. As Senior Policy Analyst, Mary Kate is responsible for The Hunger Project’s global advocacy, namely multilateral diplomacy with the UN and World Bank and participation in various civil society coalitions. This includes scaling up the Movement for Community-led Development, prioritizing women-centric programming, proving sustainable impact from partnerships with local government, and influencing policy environments that enable youth engagement and integrated development approaches.

Mary Kate was co-chair of the Alliance to End Hunger’s International Working Group from 2017 – 2019. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Round Table in DC and co-leads the design and investment strategies for The Hunger Project’s Youth Engagement Strategy.

Mary Kate holds a BA in Political Science and minors in Eastern European Studies and “Faith, Peace and Justice” from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. She also studied Third World politics and ethics in government at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and is currently a candidate for her Master of Arts in International Relations in the School of International Studies at American University.


Registration is free and open to all VIU staff and students, as well as non-VIU community members! 

**Registration is now FULL 

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More about the Foundation for Environmental Stewardship

The Foundation for Environmental Stewardship’s (FES) mission is to create a sustainable future by empowering youth, changing lifestyles, and telling powerful, effective stories through training, education, advocacy, and mentorship. FES has two national projects on the go: 3% and the SDG Youth Training. Since the development of the SDG Youth Training in 2017, FES has hosted 32 sessions in 77 post-secondary institutions across Canada, reaching over 5,900 students. Click here to learn more about FES.