Partnerships for the goals - WUR Sustainable Development Goal

17. Partnerships for the goals

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) will host the international conference ‘Towards Zero Hunger: Partnerships for impact’ at Wageningen Campus on 30-31 August 2018. The conference objective is to build bridges between the global challenges and local solutions, and between the various stakeholders (policy, science, business, civil society) to work in new partnerships on achieving the Zero Hunger targets in 2030 (SDG2).

With sessions on evidence base for food & nutrition security, balancing synergy and trade-offs between SDGs, and policy-making & governance to achieve the SDGs, pathways for transformative change will be identified. The invited target groups for this conference include government, business, civil society and research, including young professionals and students.

Involving the next generations

Our next generations have a key role to play in solving the challenges of today and tomorrow. With their open-minded, bold and novel ideas, students and young professionals can challenge leaders in the industry, research and policy and societal organisations to think and act differently. Wageningen University & Research invites youngsters to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and calls them to come up with solutions.

Examples of WUR projects involving the next generation

E-conference; connecting youngsters worldwide

The e-conference provides a digital platform in which university students and young professionals worldwide will work in teams to create solutions to interconnected challenges related to Zero Hunger. By exchanging knowledge, sharing ideas and approaching these challenges from different disciplinary angles, they will gain practical experience in working with the SDGs as well as generating a network of innovative youngsters. As such, they are creating partnerships for impact.

The conference aims to be the start of a global student movement, so that the knowledge gained on SDGs is not just utilized once, but keeps evolving and expanding via continued interaction between university students and young professionals. The e-conference is expected to contribute significantly to the conference while creating a next generation alliance.

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Wageningen Borlaug Youth Institute

In 2018, Wageningen University & Research organizes Europe’s first Borlaug Youth Institute, named after the Nobel Prize laureate Dr. Norman E. Borlaug. With this programme, secondary school students are challenged to come with creative, innovative and scientific solutions ‘how to feed the world through science’. With appealing research questions and guidance by Wageningen students and professors, these youngsters will play a starring role ‘to feed the world’ – now and in the future to come. At the Wageningen Borlaug Youth Institute on 31 August 2018, they will get the chance to speak with world leaders, captains from the industry and great scientists to convince them about their original and ground-breaking ideas. A select group of students will even take their knowledge and creativity to the Global Youth Institute in the United States in October 2018 to talk with youths and world leaders from the rest of the world ‘to feed the world’.

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