To enhance awareness of students:
A number of officials from the United Nations (UN) gave a presentation on 17 development goals, as part of a Sustainable Development Plan 2030, to students of the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU). This covered information about the state of food and agriculture around the world, the impact of climate change on food security, and various types of migratory species that are endangered.
This type of event aims to enhance students' awareness of some global issues and provide them with knowledge to contribute to maintaining sustainability in the environment.
Mr. Lyle Glowka, from The UN Convention on Migratory Species in Abu Dhabi, gave a presentation on these 17 development goals, which were approved by the world’s leaders in September 2015. They aim to eradicate hunger and poverty, fight against inequality and tackle climate change. Mr. Lyle explained that many governments have already taken the initiative to develop appropriate frameworks to solve these problems. He also discussed the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation and Management of Dugongs and Their Habitats, through the efforts of the regional office, which will be hosted by the Environment Agency in Abu Dhabi.
Dr. Bero Thomas Berry, Program and Planning Officer at the Food And Agriculture Organization, talked about the state of agriculture, climate change and food security, and efforts made by the Organization to turn the sustainable development plan into palpable actions. These will attempt to address climate change, hunger and poverty.