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Lecture hall MANET: The future of the planet depends on each of us

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On October 2, as part of the MANET Lecture Hall educational project, an online meeting was held with representatives of public organizations, Youth Envoys of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Russia.


During the discussion on the topic “UN SDGs in the Eurasian space”, key topics in the field of sustainable development, environmental and social initiatives of youth were touched upon.

About SDG No. 6 “Ensuring the availability and rational use of water resources and sanitation for all,” Ekaterina Petrunina, project manager of the Lake Baikal Fund for Supporting Applied Environmental Research and Development, founder of the GREEN GAUGN environmental student community:  ;“If we talk about Russia, international cooperation on transboundary waters includes bilateral agreements with Abkhazia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, Ukraine, Finland. At the same time, 81.5 percent of the population has access to drinking water, while 12.3 million people live without water supply.” State monitoring, a ban on deforestation and plowing up to the water's edge, a reduction to a minimum of specific water consumption in production and housing and communal services, a ban on draining raised bogs, and other measures will allow achieving more efficient use of water resources.

According to the expert, today, thanks to the joint work of civil society and business, it is possible to implement an increasing number of projects both in the field of efficient use of water resources and in the field of ensuring the transition to rational consumption and production patterns (SDG No. 12) . Of particular note are initiatives such as the separate collection and recycling of waste, the creation of sharing services in the field of transport, food, capital goods, clothing, children's toys, as well as the launch of zero waste stores.

The future of Eurasia is in the hands of young people, and today the young generation of Eurasia is ready to take responsibility for the preservation of the environment. The young leaders of Russia spoke about the implementation of youth projects in the field of sustainable development in the Eurasian space:  SDG Youth Envoy No. 2 "Zero Hunger" Nikita Rossov and SDG Youth Envoy No. 8 "Decent Work and Economic Growth" Veronika Yakovleva.

Recall that the 2030 sustainable development agenda, adopted by UN members on September 25, 2015, includes 17 SDGs and 169 targets. To raise awareness of the younger generation about the global challenges facing every nation on the planet, youth programs have been created in a number of countries around the world. Thus, with the support of the National Council of Youth and Children's Associations of Russia, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the UN Information Center in Moscow and MGIMO of the Russian Foreign Ministry, 17 Youth Envoys of the country are selected annually from among young people, representatives of civil society who have achieved success in one of the SDGs.

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