On Saturday, 26th September 2020, Tagore International School, East of Kailash, in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), South Asia Branch, presented a panel discussion between UNODC and selected students from the School as part of celebrating the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and the five-year anniversary of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, while also celebrating through the given medium the Sustainable Development Goals week.
The event was hosted by Mr. Samarth Pathak, Communications Officer for the South Asia Branch, while the teacher-in-charge was Ms. Jayalakshmi. In the discussion, four of our students: Swapnil Srivastava, Aarush Aggarwal, Lakshika Khurana and Soumil Garg participated, each being chosen as part of the school’s collaboration with UNODC.
The discussion shed light on the current situation due to COVID-19 with respect to its impact on the 17 Goals. In the discussion, a total of five questions were asked to the four panelists and the teacher-in-charge, who gave their answers in a very engaging and systematic manner. The questions asked focused mostly on the panelists’ personal views on the SDGs, Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, the panelists’ most prized or favoured goals, their journey towards the fulfillment of the goals in their own way and so on. The panel also focused on the contemporary issues of the world, whether during the pandemic or
pre-existing, while also expressing their wishes and opinions on the future they deemed ideal. Panelists also came up with innovative, ingenious and very much doable solutions to contemporary problems, such as climate change or
gender-based discrimination and global crises. In the aftermath of the
discussion, the panelists, along with students of class X, shed light on some of their currently active, under establishment or proposed projects through which they aimed to fulfill the goals in their own manner at the highest degree possible.
The discussion was received well across the participants, with responses calling it ‘helpful’ and ‘inspiring’, while many praised the panelists’ thoughts and beliefs towards a better future. Tagore International School and UNODC hope to continue their partnership with the aim to continue to nurture in students the feeling of global citizenship, inclusiveness, peace, diplomacy, courage, and above all, willingness to take action and stand for good.