United Nations training students to fight pollution, climate change at York U


TORONTO, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 – With recent research showing more people die from pollution than infectious diseases, understanding global environmental challenges is increasingly important. York University students will have an opportunity to undergo United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Training on Thursday with a keynote speech by Jamil Ahmad, Deputy Director, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

The UN developed 17 goals to better understand and solve a wide range of global environmental challenges, including climate change, food security, ecological and wildlife preservation and access to education.

By spreading awareness of these goals, future generations can be inspired to act and know how to implement strategies to help solve the many of today’s local, national and global environmental challenges.

WHAT: United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Training for York University students

WHO: Keynote speech by Jamil Ahmad, Deputy Director, United Nations Environment Program, New York. Formerly, Secretary for the Governing Bodies of UNEP based in Nairobi, Kenya, Ahmad now focuses much of his time on liaising with the Permanent Missions to the UN in support of UNEP’s policies and program.

WHEN: Training is from 9am to 1:30pm on Thursday, Oct. 26, while Ahmad’s keynote is at 10am

WHERE:  Lecture Hall A, Vari Hall, 100 York Blvd., Keele campus, York University (See number 30 on Map.)

The event is organized by the Faculty of Environmental Studies, the Bachelor of Environmental Studies Student Association at York U and SDGs Youth Training Canada in celebration of #Canada150.

For more information: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/sustainable-development-goals-youth-training-york-university-tickets-35697168191


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Sandra McLean, York University Media Relations, 647-654-9452, sandramc@yorku.ca