UNSLCD 2018 Intro Page


The Impact of Climate Change on the SDGs

About the Conference
Students in participating countries worldwide will join together on Monday, February 19, 2018 to complete a Plan of Action that will be developed in the weeks and months leading up to the conference in each of their communities. This Plan of Action will be a collaboration across cultures with real, practical ideas that can be implemented by conference participants.  

This Plan, if approved by a majority of participants, will be taken back to their schools and communities and put into action. Students will be asked to do community work on March 22, World Water Day. They also will reconvene at the end of the school year to share which parts of the Plan have been undertaken in their home countries.

**More details, research materials, social media groups, and online registration will be coming soon.**


Important Conference Dates:
Fall 2017-Winter 2018:
  Various GEM programs and interactions with youth groups and individuals in partial preparation for SLCD@UN.
Preparation via on-line work and training with students
February 16 & 17, 2018:   Student Leadership training in New York City, NY
February 19, 2018:   Student Leadership Conference on Development at the UN
March 20 and
March 22 2018:
  International Day of Happiness 
World Water Day 
Both are opportunities to move Plan of Action Ideas into real-world action
Spring 2018: 

  (1) End of Year Videoconference to share accomplishments with each other on Plan of Action and (2) formal presentation of the Plan of Action to the United Nations in New York.

Levels of Participation -
  • Online via Webcast and Social Media Platforms
  • Onsite at Selected Videoconference Sites Worldwide
  • United Nations Headquarters in New York
Conference Premise and Background -
The Student Leadership Conference on Development is in its 9th year. Created in 2010, to support the Millennium Development Goals, the conference looks to bring students together from around the world to tackle the real and pressing development issues facing our world today. This year, the conference will be on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), using support resources from the United Nations, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, NGOs, and other credible sources.

Within the theme of Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Goals, we will focus on three major areas –Migration, Scientific Solutions, and Education. The main Goal on which the conference will center is SDG #13 -Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. Additionally, due to the interconnected nature of the goals, there will be overlap with several other goals and targets.

On December 12, 2015, United Nations Member States agreed on the Paris Climate Accord at the COP21 meeting in Paris, France. The Paris Agreement’s central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Additionally, the agreement aims to strengthen the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate change. On April 22, 2015, a signing ceremony was held, and 175 countries signed the agreement.

As part of this year's event, we are asking participants to submit an art project on the theme of climate change. Art will help facilitate learning and expand the reach of the conference. Learn more about the art project here.

Conference Subthemes -
The participants will work together on 3 important topics relating to climate change. These subthemes were recommended by a student advisory group that met in New York for the presentation of the Plan of Action 2017.

(a) Educating on the Reality of Climate Change
(b) Climate Change and Scientific Solutions
(c) Migration Caused by Climate Change





Additional Web Resources:

Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform - https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/
Sustainable Development Solutions Network - http://unsdsn.org/
United Nations Sustainable Development Page - http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/



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