Since the launch of the Sustainable Development Goal Agenda in January 2016, JUEMUN has pledged that our global 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 the 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: Gender Equality. To emphasize our focus on, and commitment to SDG 5, JUEMUN 2017 modeled the UN Agency of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). We discovered the centrality of SDG 5 to whole agenda of the 17 SDGs. To follow-up on this success, we conducted a model of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2018 to focus our discussion of SDG 2 – Zero Hunger. In 2019 we continue our coverage of SDGs with a focus on SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth in order to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the International Labor Organization (ILO).
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.