From Understanding to Action: UNA-SHU Raises Funds for Refugees

As the UNA-USA chapter on Seton Hall’s campus continues to grow and advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals, the club has shifted its focus from education about the SDGs to implementation. In comparison to last year’s United Nations Day celebration with Dr. Martin Edwards’s SDG Teach-In event, this year’s event was focused on UNA-SHU coming together as a chapter to do something tangible for refugees in New Jersey.

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SDG Teach-in Inspires Action on Campus

According to Dr. Edwards, the goal of the op-ed tutorial is to inspire attendees of the event to write about the SDGs in their hometown newspapers. Such personal and intimate discussion concerning the global goals will inspire students to pass on what they learn and advocate for the SDGs in their future careers, and the School of Diplomacy will continue to be a leader in that discussion.

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UN Launches Sustainable Development Goals

The biggest point of contention in the SDGs is the price tag. According to a 2004 World Bank statement, “The additional foreign aid required to reach the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 is between $40-$60 billion a year.”

In contrast, the SDGs are far more expensive, with projections for different goals ranging from $66 billion for the eradication of poverty, to upwards of $7 trillion for the various types of infrastructure improvements–clean water, access to education, and roads, to name a few.

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