Burch Diplomacy Club and students of the Department of International Relations and European Studies filmed a short video presenting, elaborating, and promoting the 17 UN sustainable development goals, which were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. Seventeen students presented a sustainable development goal each.
In order to commemorate UN Day, October 24, which has been commemorated since 1948 since the UN Charter was adopted on that day, Burch Diplomacy Club organized the filming of a short video about the UN sustainable development goals, which are the cornerstone of contemporary UN activity.
The video was presented on YouTube and will be available for viewing indefinitely, at this link.
United Nations Day, which was first established as an official observance of the UN, was codified as an international observance that all member states of the United Nations (which, at the time, did not include all states) should endeavor to respect as a public holiday. Today, few countries, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, fulfill this pledge.
On September 25, 2015, 193 members states of the United Nations, a universal multilateral institution grouping all recognized countries in order to facilitate dialogue and prevent war, unanimously voted to adopt 17 goals, along with the associated 169 targets and 232 indicators, as a part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The need to reconcile the twin needs for economic development and sustainability, broadly defined as the ability to continue developing and which implies not degenerating non-renewable resources, led to the creation and adoption of these 17 sustainable goals, as well as related agreements such as the Paris Agreement on climate change.
The goals cover thematic areas deemed necessary to spur and maintain sustainable development, such as eradicating poverty and hunger, increasing equality, providing decent work and housing, developing sustainable cities and communities, acting to preserve the climate and environment, and maintaining quality of life on land and in water.
For a detailed overview of the 17 sustainable development goals, as well as activities each individual can undertake in order to help fulfill them, please visit the UN’s website on sustainable development goals. It is imperative, according to the United Nations, that every goal is realized by 2030 and, for that, everyone needs to partake.
The 12 students who partook in the project are: Arslan Arnautovic, Vernes Babić, Adisa Čakanović, Neira Ćehić, Vanna Ćurin, Lejla Dautbašić, Muamer Galešić, Selma Kurtović, Amar Ljubijankić, Patricia Radovani, Dženana Sijamhodžić, and Mirza Tokić.
Students of the second year of the Department of International Relations and European Studies, who currently are listening to a course International Organizations including the United Nations, spearheaded efforts but also included junior colleagues in order to be inclusive and participative. This will help junior colleagues be more prepared and better for that course.
The Department of International Relations and European Studies is very proud of Burch Diplomacy Club, the students who managed the project, and all other students who partook in the project. We are also glad that our students are so active and aware of contemporary issues and hope that they will continue being active and aware.