UNIC Pretoria hosts Youth Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals

Pretoria, 12 September 2019 – The United Nations Information Centre Library, in partnership with the Wildlife & Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA), welcomed young students and working professionals from various organizations (including the South African National Defence Force), for an interactive discussion workshop on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UNIC Librarian, Hope Kabamba welcomed the young guests and introduced the hosts.  The library was filled with excitement and laughter as the young audience engaged in group discussions and a participated in a round of the SDG GO-Goals board game.

Once the winners for each group were announced and celebrated, Jean Rodel, a representative from WESSA, made her presentation of the individual SDGs. She encouraged the audience not to wait for the government, organizations or the UN but to get involved in their communities and assist in achieving the success of Agenda 2030. She further discussed the various projects that WESSA has so far been involved in and the impact it has made on the communities in the Kwa-Zulu Natal province. Participants asked questions and by the end of the workshop were able to identify various SDGs that they had been able to impact through different projects they had already implemented or were considering pursuing.

Mlamuli Mbambo from Money-Fundi educated the guests on financial literacy and SDGs. He posed thought-provoking questions, which triggered different topics on money matters. He further shared his experience with money and explained how money can affect relationships with people. “Wealth is attainable, but we need a mindset shift, our views on money stems from our beliefs and previous experience with money,” emphasized Mr. Mbambo.

Natania Botha, the WESSA head of membership, spoke about her passion and involvement in promoting the SDGs and educated the group on becoming an ‘SDG Multiplier’ – moving beyond workshops and discussions. Ms. Botha closed off the workshop with an encouraging message and told the guests to take the initiative in pursuing their dreams and impacting the SDGs and not allowing their background or circumstances to become a barrier.