September 12, 2017

FREDERICTON, N.B. – Student unions at St. Thomas University and the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton), along with faculty and staff from both universities, are partnering with the United Nations accredited Foundation for Environmental Stewardship (FES) to host a unique training opportunity for youth in Fredericton this fall.

In celebration of Canada 150, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Youth Training Canada aims to mobilize 10,000 Canadian youth to implement the Sustainable Development Goals through 100 local actions and 50 trainings in colleges and universities across Canada.

“Learning opportunities like these are invaluable to students who not only care about making a difference in the world but are looking for something to set them apart in an increasingly competitive job market,” said Jimy Beltran, STUSU, Vice-President Student Life and Event Organizer.

On October 21, local high school and postsecondary students will attend a day of training focused on empowering them to implement the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) created by the United Nations. The training will allow students to interact with UN and FES officials, policymakers, faculty members and community activists, as they receive training in skills related to reaching these goals. Participants will be provided with lunch and receive a certificate acknowledging their training.

"The Student Union is incredibly excited to partner and support the UN-SDG initiative this year,” said Herbert Bempah, President, UNBSU. “As students, it is in our best interest to contribute to the conversation about solutions to world issues such as climate change, economic inequality, sustainable consumption, peace and justice."

The organizers of the event are grateful to the sponsors and partners who have supported to make the sustainable goals more accessible. These sponsors include: NB Power, STU Students’ Union, STU Office of Experiential and Community based Learning, UNB Faculty of Arts and UNB Students’ Union.

Tickets are $20 and cover the day-long training, certificate and lunch. To purchase tickets, see http://bit.ly/2w10aAa.

For more information, visit www.unsdgfredericton.com or contact Jimy Beltran at frederictonsdg@gmail.com.

Media Contact: Emily DesRoches, Communications Coordinator, Fredericton SDG, frederictonsdg@gmail.com.