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  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. 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. 

Important Conference Dates:

 Fall and Winter 2017-2018:    Preparation via training with schools and online participation through Facebook
 Friday, February 16, 2018:    Student Leadership training in New York City, NY
 Saturday, February 17, 2018:    Student Leadership training in New York City, NY
 Monday, February 19:    The Student Leadership Conference on Development at the UN
 May/June, 2018:
   End of Year Videoconference to Share Progress with each other on Plan of Action
 and also formally present the finished Plan of Action to the UN in NYC.

Levels of Participation -
Participants will work on-line via Facebook groups to prepare and participate as international student leaders and delegates in the UN Student Leadership Conference on Development.  Students participate at the United Nations, selected videoconferencing sites, or by webcast during SLCD.

Students can register to be student leaders at the United Nations and can work towards leadership roles to run this international student conference.

  • Online via Webcast and Social Media Platforms   
  • Onsite at Selected Videoconference Sites Worldwide
  • United Nations Headquarters in New York
Learn more about the levels and costs of participation here.
To Register for a Leadership Role in New York, click here.
Register to be a Delegate, click here.

Start work on this year's Plan of Action on Google Docs here

Conference Premise and Background - SLCDUN2018 is a student leadership conference with students working together across cultures to be part of the solution for having peace, security, and sustainable development in our ever-changing world.  

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, 2016, a signing ceremony was held, and 175 countries signed the agreement.

Watch the orientation video below:

View the archived video and read the plan of action from 2015 here.


Art Exhibition
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.

Connect to Participants in Your Subtheme on Facebook
Click on each link below to Join your Subtheme Group (If the hyperlink does not work, please copy and paste into your browser)

Post your thoughts, ideas, articles, research on your selected subtheme. The groups are closed. You will have to request to join and be approved by the moderator.

Subtheme A (Education) - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1643323959073619/
Subtheme B (Scientific Solutions) - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1137949859674780/
Subtheme C (Migration)- https://www.facebook.com/groups/746825988836168/

 Resources and Background Materials
SLCD@UN Sub Themes for Student Selection

Introduction to Conference - SLCD_UN_2018_Conference_Background_and_Timeline1.docx
1.2 MB

Subtheme A - Educating on the Realities of Climate Change-  Educating_on_the_Reality_of_Climate_Change.docx
228.2 KB

Subtheme B - Climate Change and Scientific Solutions - Climate_Change_and_Scientific_Solutions.doc
63.5 KB

Subtheme C - Migration Caused by Climate Change - Migration_and_Climate_Change.doc
98.0 KB

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



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