vertical SDGSince the launch of the 17 Sustainable Development Goal Agenda in January 2016, JUEMUN has pledged that our global community-engagement platform will play an important part in raising awareness, among our university communities, of the UN’s ambitious initiative for every nation to join in creating a better quality of life by the year 2030 for all of our world’s people. In 2016 JUEMUN discussed SDG 3, 4, 11 and 16. It was exciting but the diversity of thought on responses to very different problems in very different parts of our world made conference coherence a big challenge. At JUEMUN 2017 we chose one United Nations goal – SDG 5: achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. To emphasize our focus on, and commitment to SDG 5, JUEMUN 17 was a model Commission on the Status of Women. We discovered the centrality of SDG 5 to whole agenda of 17 goals, and the relationships of SDG 5 to the other goals.

To follow-up on this success, we will conduct a model UNESCO in 2018 to focus our discussion of SDG 2. Irinia Bolkova has declared, “UNESCO is bringing all its weight to supporting countries through new innovative and integrated approaches to reach the goals they set for themselves (The UNESCO Task Force on The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Developmenthttp://en.unesco.org/sdgs/2017). We hope the JUEMUN 2018 delegates, who will represent the 48 UNESCO members of the Asia-Pacific region, will keep this wise advice in mind as they do their research, hold their discussions, and write their resolutions.

Both JUEMUN host universities are members of the United Nations Academic Impact association and a central part of our current mission is to draw attention to the United Nations SDG Agenda, In the coming years, JUEMUN will focus attention on one or more of the other SDGs but the choices of themes will reflect the course of future world events.