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18 August 2016

Local Bike Activists are Making Avdiivka a more Sustainable and Safe City


"Why do you think I was so angry ... because I did not have a bicycle," - said a famous cartoon character. Applying this phrase to the current situation in Avdiivka in the Donetsk region, one can say that in recent months the city has advanced significantly on the path to a happy community. 

After the implementation of the first project to develop the city’s cycling infrastructure, many local residents have more opportunities to use bicycles - as during July and August this year bicycle parkings were installed near most of Avdiivka’s social facilities, as well as some retail and commercial facilities.

The idea of ​​creating a cycling infrastructure Avdiivka was born a year ago among local bike movement activists and caring citizens. They prepared a project proposal and submitted it to the competition "City with their hands," which is annually organized by the local coke plant. The project involved the creation of a network of bicycle lanes bike parkings. The project idea was that after returning to normal peaceful life, Avdiivka should be a green, friendly to all and environmentally sustainable community. The relative stabilization of the the situation with the shelling of the city and the emergence of a large number of road cyclists was an opportunity to build in the city a network of bicycle parkings,  making transportation around the city by bike a safer and more comfortable experience.

The plan of the future cycling infrastructure, including the list of social and commercial facilities that were to be in the primary list for installation of the new parkings was coordinated with local authorities and relevant stakeholders. Avdiyivsky Metal Construction Details Plant produced the constructions of bike parkings and activists joined their efforts to install them. Thus, in June and August 2016, 50 parking lots were installed in all operating schools and kindergartens, the city railway station, hospitals and markets etc.

According to volunteers who were installing the parkings, townspeople showed interest in the new architectural forms that decorated the city streets - asking questions, giving suggestions, and often joining other volunteers in installing the constructions. Young people - students of local schools № 6, № 1 and № 4 - were also great helpers and participated in the installation process.

The development of cycling infrastructure and the creation of favorable conditions for the public’s use of this most environmentally sound  and healthy mode of transport, can not be limited to creating a network of bike parkings. The city and its residents (not only cyclists, but also mothers with strollers, people with special needs) all require safe bike paths, comfortable sidewalk ramps. This situation is understood by all, but to start living in a more comfortable city, every one has to make at least a small own input.

Author: Oleksii Savkevych

15 August 2016

Enrollment in a study program on integrated urban development is now open


CANactions School for Urban Studies is an experimental educational institution, based in Kyiv, Ukraine. Its programs are based on the exploration of Ukrainian cities, identifying concepts and defining actions for urban development – on strategic as well as tactical levels.

CANactions School for Urban Studies is launching an open call for Advanced Studies in Integrated Urban Development 2016-2017.

This advanced professional program is designed for young specialists from different backgrounds willing to get involved in the process of Ukrainian cities development. Apart from obtaining qualified theoretical knowledge and new practical skills, the students will be engaged in fieldwork and case studies together with more than 20 well-acknowledged educators and practitioners from all over the world.

04 August 2016

Evolution of Energy Saving and Your Future Home


On 16 August a conference and presentation dedicated to the latest developments in energy saving and energy efficiency will take place in Kyiv.

The organizer of the conference is the Ukrainian startup PassivDom.

According to the organizers, PassivDom has created the world's first fully self-sustainable home that does not require combustion of any fuel, even in arctic climates. The module uses only clean energy of the sun for all the needs of its inhabitants: climate control, generation of water, air quality control and content of oxygen.

The conference will be held in TC "Domosfera" (Kyiv, Stolychne Highway 101, 1st floor, conference room), starting at 2 pm.

Contact: Maria Sorokina, PR-manager, PassivDom, tel.: +38 (066) 951- 81- 91, e-mail: maria@PassivDom.com

Website: passivdom.com

02 August 2016

Ecovillage Transition Strategies


The Partnership for Sustainable Development Goals in Ukraine “Incubator for Green Communities” continues publishing materials of the Global Ecovillages Network (GEN), to promote in Ukraine the concept of ecovillages and the activities of GEN.
”You never change the existing reality by fighting it.  Instead, create a new model that makes the old one obsolete." 
- Buckminster Fuller

Building on 20 successful years of global networking, sustainable development, and education, GEN is ready to scale up its partnerships with governments, NGOs, and donors to implement policies and solutions at local, regional, and international levels. GEN is implementing an ecovillage transitions strategy using the following Adaptive Governance Cycle:
  1. Identify hot-spot communities and key players
  2. Facilitate participatory community and multi-stakeholder appraisal
  3. Recognise strengths and leverage points in each of the 4 dimensions of sustainability
  4. Co-create Community Resilience Plan
  5. Inform Authorities and adapt development plans
  6. Act to implement changes in behaviour, norms and infrastructure
  7. Draw lessons learned and disseminate best solutions
  8. Build community of practice and multi-stakeholder alliances
  9. Integrate policy adjustment inputs for adaptive governance
  10. Adapt policies for resilient communities and sustainable development
  11. Develop national action plans for resilient communities
  12. Regularly review policies and budgets

GEN has successfully coordinated the development of thousands of ecovillages around the world. Demand for Gaia Education’s Ecovillage Design Education (EDE)’s is rising rapidly and GEN is increasingly recognised as a force in the development of sustainability policies, educational programmes and practical implementation.  The “four pillars” of sustainability (Ecology, Economy, Culture and Social) are well understood as reliable indicators against which to measure progress towards ecovillage recognition.

In various countries and regions ecovillage transition strategies have been scaled up in close collaboration with governments over the past decade. The government of Senegal has adopted a radical national program to transition 14,000 traditional villages as ecovillages and this process is well underway.  Religious organisations in Senegal have also recognised the value that ecovillage transition brings in terms of maintenance of religious and spiritual values and to the health of the local people, the environment and the biodiversity of the area.

Other countries are waking up to the benefits to be derived from involving local populations in large-scale community-led sustainable development. The DR Congo is considering setting up a Ministry of Ecovillages. Regional authorities in Thailand are, similarly, supporting large scale ecovillage development, in order to transition whole provinces to eco-provinces. Large scale ecovillage developments are also taking place in India, Bangladesh and Burma.

GEN’s “big solution” is empowering the millions of small solutions -- people and projects within communities working for a healthy planet and vibrant future for our children and all life.

Source: http://gen.ecovillage.org/en/page/ecovillage-transition-strategies

27 July 2016

Ecovillages and Dimensions of Sustainability


The Partnership for Sustainable Development Goals in Ukraine “Incubator for Green Communities” continues publishing materials of the Global Ecovillages Network (GEN), to promote in Ukraine the concept of ecovillages and the activities of GEN. 

The Global Ecovillage Network embraces a holistic approach to sustainability encompassing the Social, Cultural, Ecological and Economic dimensions of human existence.

The Social Dimension

Ecovillages are communities in which people feel supported by and responsible to those around them. They provide a deep sense of belonging to a group. They are small enough that everyone feels safe, empowered, seen and heard. People are then able to participate in making decisions that affect their own lives and that of the community on a transparent basis. Community means:
  • Recognizing and relating to others
  • Sharing common resources and providing mutual aid
  • Emphasizing holistic and preventive health practices
  • Providing meaningful work and sustenance to all members
  • Integrating marginal groups
  • Promoting unending education
  • Encouraging unity through respect for differences
  • Fostering cultural expression

The Cultural/Spiritual Dimension

Most ecovillages do not place an emphasis on particular spiritual practices as such, but in their own ways ecovillages respect and support - the Earth and all living beings on it; cultural and artistic enrichment and expression; and spiritual diversity. Cultural and spiritual vitality means:
  • Shared creativity, artistic expression, cultural activities, rituals and celebrations
  • Sense of community unity and mutual support
  • Respect and support for spirituality manifesting in many ways
  • Shared vision and agreements that express commitments, cultural heritage and the uniqueness of each community
  • Flexibility and successful responsiveness to difficulties that arise
  • Understanding of the interconnectedness and interdependence of all the elements of life on Earth and the community's place in and relation to the whole
  • Creation of a peaceful, loving, sustainable world

The Ecologic Dimension

Ecovillages allow people to experience their personal connection to the living earth. People enjoy daily interaction with the soil, water, wind, plants and animals. They provide for their daily needs - food, clothing, shelter - while respecting the cycles of nature. Ecology means:
  • Growing food as much as possible within the community bio-region supporting organic food production there
  • Creating homes out of locally adapted materials
  • Using village-based integrated renewable energy systems
  • Protecting biodiversity
  • Fostering ecological business principles
  • Assessing the lifecycle of all products used in the ecovillage from a social and spiritual as well as an ecological point of view
  • Preserving clean soil, water and air through proper energy and waste management
  • Protecting nature and safeguarding wilderness areas

The Economic Dimension
As local groups and communities create their own local scrip currencies and exchange systems, they learn about economist’s deepest secret: money and information are equivalent --- and neither is scarce! 
- Hazel Henderson 

The Ecovillage economy is quite robust and full of vitality compared to other local economies. Economic Vitality means:
  • Keeping the money in the community,
  • Circulating it through as many hands as possible,
  • Earning it, spending it, and investing it in member-owned retail and service businesses,
  • Saving it in home-grown financial institutions.
Source: gen.ecovillage.org/en/article/dimensions-sustainability-0

25 July 2016

Ecovillages are Living Models of Sustainability


The Partnership for Sustainable Development Goals in Ukraine “Incubator for Green Communities” commences publishing materials of the Global Ecovillages Network (GEN), to promote in Ukraine the concept of ecovillages and the activities of GEN. 

An ecovillage is an intentional or traditional community using local participatory processes to holistically integrate ecological, economic, social, and cultural dimensions of sustainability in order to regenerate social and natural environments.

Background

The motivation for ecovillages is the choice and commitment to reverse the gradual disintegration of supportive social/cultural structures and the upsurge of destructive environmental practices on our planet. For millennia, people have lived in communities close to nature, and with supportive social structures. Many of these communities, or "ecovillages", exist to this day and are struggling for survival. Ecovillages are now being created intentionally, so people can once more live in communities that are connected to the Earth in a way that ensures the wellbeing of all life-forms into the indefinite future.

Ecovillages are one solution to the major problems of our time - the planet is experiencing the limits to growth, and our lives are often lacking meaningful content. According to increasing numbers of scientists, we have to learn to live sustainably if we are to survive as a species. The United Nations launched its Global Environment Outlook 2000 report, based on reports from UN agencies, 850 individuals and over 30 environmental institutes, concluding that "the present course is unsustainable and postponing action is no longer an option."

Ecovillages, by endeavoring for lifestyles which are "successfully continuable into the indefinite future", are living models of sustainability, and examples of how action can be taken immediately. They represent an effective, accessible way to combat the degradation of our social, ecological and spiritual environments. They show us how we can move toward sustainability in the 21st century. In 1998, ecovillages were first officially named among the United Nations' top 100 listing of Best Practices, as excellent models of sustainable living.

Source: gen.ecovillage.org/en/article/what-ecovillage

20 July 2016

Finalists of #SDGquest Contest will receive Micro-grants to Celebrate World Youth Day


Ahead of the International Youth Day, which was designated by the United Nations to be celebrated annually on 12 August, the Partnership for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Ukraine “Incubator for Green Communities” invites winners and laureates of the contest for the best quest on SDGs to apply their experience to hold similar / improved quests.

The partnership will provide micro-grants (up to UAH 500, average - UAH 300) for partial coverage of the costs of new quests. Along with the traditional hashtag of quests on SDGs (#SDGquest), you can follow Youth Day events around the world using hashtags #Youth2030 and #YouthDay.

The Partnership also encourages other organizations and community groups to conduct similar quests (toolkits are available here: goo.gl/a2vHde), engage community resources to increase the prize fund, compensate certain costs and find volunteers for quest stations.

If you are looking for partners to organize quests on SDGs, please contact us by e-mail: ukraine@greenqb.org

Forum for those interested in quests on SDGs is available at: spaces.google.com/space/217080622

12 July 2016

Toolkit to Celebrate International Youth Day


Since 2000, on 12 August the world celebrates International Youth Day as designated by the United Nations! Share your commemoration with the world! Send in a description of your planned activities to youth@un.org and we’ll put it in the World Map of Events!

Be Active! Social activism through theatre and games with social messages or role playing exercises. You can also volunteer at the local level or involve with civic groups or activities.

Spread the Word: Develop communication platforms to create or strengthen networks. You can use various channels to get the word out and connect with people interested in youth issues such as social networks: Facebook, Twitter, as well as University Newsletter and Local Newspaper, etc.

Use Social Media: Celebrate International Youth Day connecting with other young people on social media. Use #Youth2030 and #YouthDay and share your plans.

Engage your community: Create an “info point” about youth leading sustainability in the centre of town/village, at high schools, or at university centres.

Advocate: Lobby your Government to hold a National Youth Day of Action and to celebrate International Youth Day on 12 August. Reach out to your school, group, organization or faith community to strengthen programmes encouraging youth to make sustainable consumption choices.

Be creative: Come up with new ideas to celebrate!

Contribute towards responsible consumption and production: Advocate for your government to enforce policies for healthier and sustainable food systems.

Organize a forum to exchange ideas and discuss the leading role of young people in achieving sustainable development through sustainable production and consumption.

Advocate and Engage Media: Contact popular local/national radio or TV stations to request a slot to have a discussion with distinguished individuals working on responsible consumption and production. Speak out and take action to influence positive change.

Use art: Get permission to use a public space for an arts exhibit, which showcases the challenges of young people today. Try to involve young people in the domains of culture, arts and music, to raise awareness on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Make it fun: Organize a concert or festivals to promote International Youth Day. Invite your local musicians and combine it with a panel discussion or invite a politician or policy maker to hold the key note speech.

Source: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unyin/documents/Toolkit-IYD-2016.pdf

26 June 2016

Live Streaming of Announcement of the Results of Competition for the best Quest on Sustainable Development Goals



Over a dozen of quests in 11 regions of Ukraine, almost 500 participants and 300 organizers and volunteers, hundreds of passers-by learned about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Competition for the best quest on SDGs organized by the Partnership for SDGs in Ukraine “Incubator for Green Communities" became the impetus for local communities to move towards sustainable development.

Welcome to join the live streaming of the official announcement of the Competition results. During the online meetings members of the contest Jury will share their impressions of the quests, will give advice to the teams of organizers and will recognize the winners.

The winning teams are invited to join the online meeting with members of the Jury, while the remaining participants and Internet users can watch and ask questions in the chat.

This will be a first, but not last opportunity to exchange ideas and opinions on the contest,  the topic of Sustainable Development Goals and on the lessons learned.

Live stream will take place here: plus.google.com/events/cdvm5d3hsv7c1ifj82iqu0ud1u4 and will also be available at the Partnership’s website en.greenqb.org and its channel on YouTube youtube.com/channel/UCjFTJwp-cRb02ttGKsOdjMA

15 June 2016

Young Sherlocks Participate in the First Quest on Sustainable Development Goals in Kyiv


On 5 June, AIESEC in Kyiv organized the city’s first quest on Sustainable Development Goals. Small kids, parents, grandparents and most of the passers-by in Kyiv's Mariinskyi Park saw our locations and learned that we were organizing a quest.

At the outset, the quest’s name “SherLocked” promised participants many riddles, secrets and more to keep their heads busy. We the organizers wanted to convey the important goals of humanity’s development by using the engaging and youth-relevant brand of Sherlock Holmes. Each of the six locations along the quest also had its own theme related to a UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). Location themes ranged from SDG #4: Quality Education to SDG #14: Life Below Water. Perhaps students on Sunday morning do not want to think about their impact on the world, but thanks to Sherlock Holmes they developed a deeper understanding of the SDGs even on a carefree sunny day.

The quest’s locations covered various spheres of life in Ukraine and abroad, including SDG # 7: Affordable & Clean Energy, SDG # 13: Climate Action, and SDG #16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. Furthermore, we wanted to highlight the Goals that are not popular among young people, even though they require public attention. Such Goals include SDG #9: Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure, SDG #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, and SDG#14: Life Below Water. The overarching idea was to expose these topics to participants and the public while making them simple and easy to understand.

In total, eight young “Sherlocks” were broken up into three teams to solve the guest’s riddles. Here is some of their feedback:
"While others were sleeping on a Sunday, we got up at 8 AM to catch the Quest. And to tell you the truth, I do not regret it because I spent the morning with friends at Mariinsky Park developing not only physically (we had to run) but also intellectually! It was interesting ... difficult. We, Alyona and Andrew, ran through the park searching for the next location with only 5 minutes to find it. The park was great, as were the mazes and the decoding of riddles and even the fish! Well, of course, our team won (because we're great), but we had to sweat. Anyway, when I remember the day a smile appears. Thank you))"
Ganna, Student at NaUKMA
"Through this quest, I could better understand what SDGs are and how can I take part in their implementation. In particular, I remember the task of creating our own city at the heart of which was the goal of innovation and infrastructure. Everything was not as easy as we thought)) But still, I liked it))) "
Inna, Project Manager

Partners of the Quest SherLocked:
  • AIESEC - logistics and media channels
  • QUESTIUM - awarded certificates for free to quest and rooms visits to the winners
  • Printing company Only-Print - provided a discount on printing flyers

Event page: https://vk.com/shrlckdquest

Photos: https://vk.com/drugshavechoise?w=wall67785274_5212%2Fall

Time for Global Action - The Quest on Sustainable Development Goals in Melitopol


For the first time, the small town of Melitopol in the Zaporizhia region hosted a quest dedicated to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

The quest, named "Time for Global Action," was organized by teachers and students of the Melitopol Specialized School № 23. The quest offered the school an excellent opportunity to organize a large-scale event centered around its mission.

The quest had two admirable goals. First, it aimed to raise awareness about SDGs amongst school students and members of the community. Second, it was designed to prompt participants to search for the tools to face challenges and implement the SDGs in their local community.

In total, four schools participated in the quest. The participants were divided into five teams, each consisting of 4-6 participants of all ages and genders. Each team also had two coordinators - an assistant and a tutor. One coordinator was a teacher and one was a student of the organizing school № 23.

Each team moved according to a unique route developed by its tutor. For this reason, teams developed different specializations, such as the "International Language Group," the "Design Bureau," the "Natural Scientists," the "Theater Company," and the "Olympic Team." During the entirety of the quest, teams acted using the skills possessed by the professionals in their corresponding specialization. All teams had five challenges, each designed to familiarize participants with the Sustainable Development Goals. The challenges also prompted the teams to look for tools to solve problems and showed the participants that they actually possess the ability to improve the situation in their local communities. The practical result that the quest coordinators set out to achieve was a complete map of Ukraine with a list of tools to implement the 17 SDGs and corresponding 169 targets.

Understanding that children are on summer holidays, the quest organizers during the last two challenges organized tasks such as recognizing QR-codes and working with geo-objects, which are innovative technologies for education. Performing tasks using mobile devices, participants quickly found answers to questions and formulated ways to solve problems. The two and a half hours of the quest flashed by like a minute!

During the implementation of the quest, organizers effectively cooperated with employees of the city park where the event was held. Specially, they worked with the park’s director, Anatoliy Demyanenko, and the park organizer, Olha Zvereva. They also received effective assistance from employees of the child health clinic, pharmacies, shops, schools, and colleges.

At the end of the event, the teams received awards, certificates from the quest organizers, and gifts from city council member Roman Romanov.

The ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said:
"Work on the hard while it’s easy, And take care of the large while it’s small. The hard things in the universe necessarily arise from the easy matter, and the serious matters of the universe necessarily arise from the trivial." 
So start with yourselves!

Quest coordinator: Victoria Knyazeva, teacher of ICT at School № 23, Melitopol.

Tutors (responsible for challenges): Iryna Yeliseeva, Adil Seitosmanov, Victoria Knyazeva, Vlad Zavhorodniy, Oksana Struts, Veronika Shumakova, Olena Tyurina, Oleksandr Vecheria, Inna Pokusa, Viktoria Novikova.

Feedback from participants:
“Everything was cool. Our team came in first at the finish!”
Maria Trofimchuk, 8th grade student, School № 23

“Our future depends on us. Let's make it better! For us it is not a game, it is a reality! Each of us can do something effective to help! Our class will help protect the environment. We invite you to join us!”
Vlad Mischenko and Kateryna Shmatko, 7th grade students, School № 1

“The game, the race, the challenges, new knowledge, new friends, a new look at the problems that always seemed simple and not pressing. Topical, informative, impressive!”
Daniil Naumov, 7th grade student, Gymnasium № 10

Photos: http://mel-school23.at.ua/photo/kvest_quot_chas_globalnikh_dij_quot/8-1

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14 June 2016

Members of the Lviv Region's Euroclubs Rally Around Quality Education


Members of Euroclub "LIFE" at the Sambir Specialized School № 8 with intensive study of English in the Lviv region decided to advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and become part of the campaign.

We gathered on the eve of Europe Day to discuss the 17 Goals and plan an interesting quest for the 23 teams from the Lviv region’s Euroclubs coming to our ancient city Sambir to celebrate its 775th anniversary. We discussed which SDG we should choose and how we can combine all the activities during the celebration of Europe Day with the quest. There are a lot of problems to solve, but we did not have a shortage of ideas or suggestions. We answered all the challenges and rallied around the idea and aims of the quest - and conducted it on 21 May.

We want to live better and receive a quality education. We want to overcome poverty and strive for prosperity. We strongly support environmental protection, and we volunteer and support those combating climate change.

Organizers of the quest rallied around Julia Vovk - former president of our Euroclub, currently a student in Lviv. Such cooperation between teachers, the school and university students proves that there is no distinction between juniors or seniors - there is a team ready to do the job.

We decided that the quest would be dedicated to one of the Sustainable Development Goals, namely high-quality, practical education for life aimed at the acquisition of knowledge and skills that contribute to the formation of a new conscious society with a worldview and values. We want to promote development that guarantees social benefits, economic growth and environmental protection.

The 23 European clubs that took part in the quest divided into six teams, which meant we had mixed groups of participants. Aside from the SDG-related questions, we decided to add questions about the city of Sambir and its architectural gems. For each team, the challenge started near one of the most interesting architectural ensembles of the city, making it possible to combine history, architecture and culture with the issues concerning the educational Goal and education in general. After all - what is education worth by itself without the support of the community? When people learn to care for their heritage, they understand that without education and the desire to learn one’s own culture and to enrich other cultures, a person cannot live a normal life.

For each challenge of the quest, the teams had to find a location by a photo and answer questions, including general questions, those related to all SDGs, and more specific questions on the issue of quality education. Each team chose its own tactics, but only the results and speed were taken into account when judging performance.

The quest was conducted by volunteers who were members of the Euroclub "LIFE". They noted that local residents displayed interest in the quest by approaching the participants and listening to the questions and answers. Participants, which included students from different cities and Euroclubs, were actively trying to win by promptly solving riddles.

At the awarding ceremony after the quest, participants received prizes kindly provided by our sponsors - the European Union Delegation, Lviv Regional Institute for Training of Teachers (Khrystyna Hural), Lviv European Information Centre (Oleh Protsak) and Euroclub "LIFE" from Sambir.

Author: Tetyana Hrynkevych, teacher of English, coordinator of Sambir Euroclubs, mentor of Euroclub "LIFE"

Photos - Olena Hrunska, Euroclub "LIFE"

Quest chief organizer - Yulia Vovk, student, former President of Euroclub "LIFE",
Responsible for locations - volunteers, Euroclub "LIFE"

Materials, photos: http://www.euroclubs.org.ua/2016/06/blog-post_14.html

13 June 2016

Start with One Sustainable Development Goal, Be Practical and Reach Out - Lviv Youth


On 4 June, a quest named "Global Goals 2030" took place in Lviv, organized by the local committee of AIESEC. Since AIESEC supports Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in its activities and contributes to the SDGs, it was a great opportunity to further raise Lviv residents’ awareness and make an input to the SDGs.

In total, 26 persons (non-members of AIESEC-Lviv) participated in the quest. Participants ranged in age from 15 to 35, most of them students. Organizers formed four teams of 6-7 people, with each team having its own coordinator.

At the beginning of the quest, organizers briefed the participants about the Sustainable Development Goals and the practical importance of this quest, along with the need for the involvement of the local community. Each team received posters of all the SDGs, and then chose the one that was most important to them and that they wished to contribute to the most. Based upon the SDG they chose, the teams then went to locations that were associated with a particular city or place connected with the SDG. On the way to the location, coordinators told the teams more about the SDG they had selected. At the locations, teams were tasked with solving riddles and asked questions about their chosen Goals. At their first locations, the teams were assigned the task of creating mini-projects on the selected Goals. The mini-projects were required to have practical applications for wider populations and have a demonstrable effect in achieving SDGs.

The first team chose Goal 6: "Clean water and sanitation." To start, the participants identified the problem they wanted to solve, namely: access to clean drinking water in the city center. The team then developed a plan to attract different sectors and stakeholders to the problem. The aim of their project is to establish a mechanized water supply through special machines or special water drinking fountains which everyone can use. Along these lines, the team’s main credo is: water should be cheap and available for everyone! In order to assure the project is impactful, the team members developed a clear mechanism of realization. Firstly, a sociological study will be conducted to identify where and how many machines need to be installed. Secondly, all necessary permits for the installation of structures will be obtained from the local authorities. Finally, a company that will supply drinking water will be determined. The plan also aims to attract partners and sponsors during the project.

The second team chose Goal 4: "Quality education." They designed a project entitled "Future Institute," an internship program for students and graduates of Ukrainian universities. Internships will be developed in conjunction with companies and organizations in order to provide professional orientation and skills improvement for interns. During their internships, students will have the opportunity to attend lectures in order to invest their time efficiently. The project will allow youth to have internships in relevant business environments - specifically companies - under the supervision of company representatives and founders. The Future Institute will become a platform for cooperation between the employers represented by the private sector and students as future employees. Expected results include: trained personnel for employers, simplification of hiring and employment, skills development, and encouraging students to work according to their specialty.

The third team chose Goal 13: "Climate action." When answering questions about this SDG, participants were surprised to learn that their understanding of the climate crisis differs substantially from what actually takes place. Therefore, the team developed a project idea to emphasizing this global problem in the most practical manner. Participants created a video on environmental contamination. The project involved surveying and informing passers-by about this Goal. Later, the team members printed images of environmental disasters and filmed a video. Immediate implementation resulted in increased interest from passers-by after the team focused their attention on the causes and effects of climate change.

The fourth team chose Goal 5: "Gender equality" since the problem of gender inequality is perhaps the least recognized problem that the SDGs strive to alleviate. First, the participants did a survey of passers-by and then summarized statistics based upon the poll results. The project "We are different but equal" was envisaged as consisting of many simple initiatives promoting equality between men and women as well as recognition of the problem of inequality. One of the initiatives is a viral campaign on promoting to women jobs which are considered stereotypically male and vice versa. The project also consists of putting up posters with male and female silhouettes, and of course the dissemination of the results of polls indicating the existence of inequalities in the media. Expected results include recognition of inequality in society and its eventual elimination.

After choosing their Goals, the teams moved to their locations where they performed practical tasks for their selected Goals and began looking for answers to questions. During the quest, participants endeavored to be as creative as possible in engaging members of the local community.

In total, the quest lasted about four hours. All participants and volunteers were tired but happy and pleased to prove that everyone can make a positive impact in society to achieve SDGs.
"I liked the quest. We received a memorable experience and met new people, and I hope we managed to convey to the people the urgency of certain problems. Thank you to all the organizers for a wonderful atmosphere and an informative quest".
Nastya, a quest participant
The organizers awarded certificates to all participants "for contribution to Global Goals for Sustainable Development" and gave discounts to all the international internships organized by AIESEC which are aimed at achieving SDGs. The winners also received certificates for free participation in the language school with foreign interns. And of course, all participants received sweet gifts from AIESEC’s partner in Lviv.

Achieving Sustainable Development Goals is Difficult Yet Fascinating - Kharkiv Youth


On 9 June, an engaging and important event took place in Kharkiv in order to introduce a large number of local youth to the 17 Global Goals adopted by the UN. The NGO "New Frontiers," together with the NGO “Kharkiv SMART City,” held a quest during which participants tried to solve various problems to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

At the beginning of the event, the participants were grouped into five teams that stuck together as they moved from location to location during the quest. In total, the quest had nine stops, each representing a different SDG. Throughout the race, friendly volunteers at each location greeted the teams and closely followed teams’ creative completion of the assignments. The enthusiasm of the organizing hosts motivated the participants as they embarked upon their quest.

Each team got acquainted with the SDGs and performed various exciting tasks. Some teams were more creative, while some surprised the jury with their ability to face extremely difficult challenges. As long as this was a game, there had to be a winner. The teams were ranked based upon the number of points scored, with points being awarded for creative and fast completion of tasks. At the conclusion of the quest, all teams were invited on stage for the presentation of sweet-tasting prizes. The winning team, with the bright name of "ToHtyk" (team leader Miliena Malayan), received the most delicious prize - a great chocolate cake.

A great and friendly team of volunteers worked on the creation and execution of the quest, including incredibly creative people such as designers and photographers. These volunteers were the ones who gave the event its incredible and wonderful ‘color’.

For posterity's sake, our photographers took over 200 shots during the quest. Also, our participants wanted to share their impressions after the quest. That is why we made a small video in which everyone expresses their opinion on the event. In the end, the “Global Goals” quest fulfilled its primary mission and educated the participants about the UN SDGs. Now, we all know that achieving the SDGs is difficult. However, working to achieve them is incredibly interesting.

In the organization of the event, we were supported by some of Kharkiv’s best youth organizations: the NGO "MOST", Kharkiv City Council Youth at Kharkiv Mayor’s Office, and the city’s most youth-friendly university - Kharkiv National University of Radioelectronics.

08 June 2016

The most exciting summer event in Kharkiv - the Quest on Sustainable Development Goals

On June 9, 2016, the NGO "New Frontier," in cooperation with the NGO "Kharkiv SMART city," will hold a quest on the 17 Global Goals of Sustainable Development adopted by the U.N.

The event will be held in the very center of Kharkiv’s cultural life - Gorkoho Central Park. The quest’s mission is to familiarize participants with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and, of course, to facilitate the cultural development of Kharkiv youth.

We have set up 17 locations, each representing one of 17 Goals. At each location, teams will perform tasks designed to help them learn more about the SDGs. In particular, participants will be asked questions prompting them to deepen their understanding of problems and even develop strategies to solve them.

About 50 people have expressed a desire to take part in the quest, including internally displaced persons. This quest will unite the city’s most active young people, creating teams to compete against each other in a friendly manner. A team of volunteers will also be involved to assure that the event is a ravishing success.

At the completion of the quest, the teams that score the most points will receive prizes. During the event, a group of photographers will be taking amazing shots, and there will also be a small concert program.

We have hooked the best youth organization in Kharkiv to contribute to the quest, including the NGO "MOST", the Kharkiv Youth City Council, the Kharkiv National University of Radio Electronics, and the Foundation of Regional Initiatives, AISEC.


Contact: Oleh Orekhov


07 June 2016

Time for Global Action - City Quest in Melitopol

On 9 June Melitopol School №23 will host the city quest for schoolchildren "Time for Global Action".

The event, which will take place in Horky Park, aims to familiarize students and teachers with the Sustainable Development Goals 2015-2030, disseminate information about them and attract students to finding tools for implementing these Goals and achieving them in Ukraine. These Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by the United Nations in September 2015 and are the targets for international development in the future.

Participation in the competition is open to teams of secondary schools, teams to include five members: four students of 5-8 grades and one teacher. The participants should have at least some idea about the QR-codes and geo-balls and have them operate, and must be familiar with the Sustainable Development Goals. Also, at least one participant must have a tablet or smartphone with Android OS with the Layer App installed on it.

Useful and Fun Start of Summer for Mykolayiv Kids - Discovering Sustainable Development Goals


For Mykolaiv kids and their parents, summer got off to a fun start. On June 1, which coincidentally marks the annual International Children's Day, local kids took part in the first children's quest game based around Sustainable Development and environment preservation.

Lydia Vasylkova, head of the Club of the Political Analysis “StrekoZa," and Yulia Bolhak, head of the Center for Tourism and Environmental Protection "Save the World," served as the organizers of the quest. They designed the quest with a series of games so that the children could learn about protecting the environment in a fun, attention-grabbing way.
"Сhildren - internally displaced persons - who had to leave their homes in eastern Ukraine with their parents were invited to the quest. This is not the first time that we invite them to our events, we do not forget about them during holidays and often simply come to the rescue during the week. In addition, we invited multiple-child families who were grateful for the holiday and for a useful idea for kids. We are pleasantly surprised by the number of participants - we planned that all children interact together and talk, because among them there were local kids who live in the Ingulskyi district of Myikolaiv." 
Lydia Vasylkova,  co-organizer of the quest

Each participant had to pass six stations, namely locations, each of which carried the special. At the first station, the children drew pictures of what they could do to preserve the environment. Then, each picture became part of a street exhibition, much to the amusement of visitors and their parents.

The second station included an active game, and the third station gave young participants a chance to focus and try their skills in origami after a special master class. The fourth station, "Tree of Knowledge," contained hand-drawn fruits with riddles about natural phenomena. Each participant who solved a riddle received a sweet prize and went to the fifth station, where they had to guess the leaves growing on a particular tree. The last station included a collage on the theme "Dream Park", where children drew and posted ideas that they wanted to see in a park.

After six stations, participants collected the letters to a vital life lesson: "Nature is our Home!". To finish the day, the children enjoyed a bubbles show and received candy for prizes.
"Their future depends on us. Our future depends on them. That's why we decided on June 1 to hold an interesting quest on Sustainable Development Goals, which has promoted awareness among children of their role in nature." 
Julia Bolhak, co-organizer of the quest

Photos: https://vk.com/album-36282113_233089756
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06 June 2016

On Environment Day, Vinnytsia Youth Planted Flowers, Played Charades and Aimed for Sustainable Development Goals


On June 5, to mark the occasion of the World Environment Day, psychology students at the Faculty of Language Studies of the Donetsk National University organized and conducted the “Eco-Style” Quest in Vinnitsa’s Central City Park. The purpose of the quest was to familiarize the community with the challenges of sustainable development.

Participants of the quest formed five teams: "Bentos", "Winnie-the-Poohs", "Pirates of the Donetsk Sea", "Nikita", and "Richword". In total, 30 people of all ages attended the quest. Participants were from different universities and educational institutions of Vinnitsa. Students of the Language Studies and Law Faculties of the Donetsk National University took active part in the event.

All tasks of the quest were built so that the participants could learn more about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Participants had to pass nine stations, each station reflecting a specific SDG. Among them were: "No poverty", "End hunger and achieve improved nutrition", "Ensure healthy lives", "Ensure quality education", "Ensure availability and sustainable management of water", "Combating climate change and its impacts", "Conservation and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources", "Protection and restoration of ecosystems", and "Promoting peaceful and inclusive societies".

Participants performed different tasks relevant to the stations, including planting plants, solving puzzles, looking for answers to questions and many more.

After the quest, participants had many impressions, which they gladly shared with the organizers:
"Many thanks to the quest organizers! We received a lot of positive emotions, worked as one team of friends and had fun just before our school exams! It was very interesting to solve different riddles, look for stations and perform tasks. I think the most fun parts were planting flowers (we tried hard and the whole team contributed) and answering the charade-type questions. 
Anastasia Moroz, 1st year student, psychology major, DonNU
"We liked planting the flowerbed, and we felt that we did not just complete a task but actually contributed to nature, to our own lives."
Team "Winnie-the-Poohs" 
"Big thanks to the organizers of the event  “Eco-Style” which left a good mood and positive emotions while demonstrating the environmental problems of mankind. The challenges gave us new experiences and inspired a sense of unity among our team members. The volunteers at every stage of the race told each team about environmental problems closely related to people’s lives. Once again a big thank you for the unforgettable experience”.
Vitaliy Pustovyi, member of team "Bentos", 2nd year student, psychology major, DonNU. 

"In the Eco-quest we solved a crossword puzzle, played charades, drew pictures, looked for hidden clues in a book, took selfies with Leontovyich, cleaned garbage and planted flowers. As real scholars of the humanities, we coped with everything because diversity is our thing! :) A well-deserved (I believe so) victory followed, because we were running and performing tasks with fire in our eyes and with a sense of competition :) In general, it was very cool, and our team would just be happy to win again!"
Mykhailo Fedoros, member of Team "Bentos"

The following partners and sponsors contributed to the event: coffee house “MR JG”, Fresh Line Burger, Donetsk National University’s Department of Psychology (DoP), Academy of Leaders - a project of the DoP’s Educational Lab, Vinnytsia Regional Organization of People with Special Needs “Impulse”, School of Foreign Languages ​Richword. Partners provided volunteers for the quest and donated prizes to all participants.

Photos: vk.com/album-108340214_232605732

Ternopil residents learn why it is cool to be a fish and how to save the world


Last weekend, the event for which all of Ternopil had been waiting finally took place. The "SDG Quest" was a home run! They say you’ll spend the day the way you started your morning. If that wisdom holds true, the rest of this summer will surely be as action-packed as its first weekend. Good feelings spread all around- and we learned a lot!

On June 4, the downtown of Ternopil became a platform for getting acquainted with the Sustainable Development Goals. Seven teams of different ages and backgrounds participated in the quest. 

There were teams of boys aged 26-27 years, students in the 11th grade, university students of different years of study from different universities (Medical, Polytechnic, Economics) and representatives of NGO "Faine Misto". In total, about 70 people were involved in the quest, including volunteers who conducted the quest and instructors of the Youth Center at the NGO "Ukrainian Council for Resuscitation and Emergency Medical Care" who gladly conducted master classes for participants on first aid (Goal 3).

The quest started at noon and lasted for about four and a half hours. Participants discovered all locations on the territory spanning from the theater to the city lake. The tasks were different in form, from writing project applications and conducting public opinion polls to unraveling puzzles and fun tasks such as: "Why it is cool to be a fish?" (Goal 14 - Life Under Water). Also, teams had a chance to play a moot trial at the location for Goal 16. Tired but happy, all the participants met together for the final location, number 17.

Here is what participants of the Quest said:

"It was just super mega cool and fun and interesting and informative! Thank you to the organizers and volunteers, you just rock! It was nice talking to each one and learning from them ..."
Tania Fedorova (NGO "Faine Misto")

"On June 4 instructors from the Youth Center conducted master classes in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and on stopping arterial and venous bleeding for participants of the quest on Sustainable Development Goals. Thank you for your positive emotions and new friends" 
(from the group https://vk.com/i_can_save_life)

More photos and feedback can be found using #sdgquest or #aiesec_te. See more on the event’s page vk.com/sdg_quest_ternopilGoogle Disc and Instagram.

Many partners contributed to the event. Some of them had not heard of the Sustainable Development Goals and were pleasantly surprised that young people in Ternopil were interested in these topics.

We the team of organizers hope that this quest is only the beginning! We plan to conduct similar and other activities related to the Sustainable Development Goals. Also, in a few days we will release a short movie about the quest.

04 June 2016

Join Sherlock in solving the Riddle of Sustainable Development Goals

That's right: those who are lucky to be in Kyiv on June 5, will have the opportunity to participate in the quest SherLocked, dedicated to Sustainable Development Goals, whose hero is Sherlock himself. 

The organizer is International youth organization AIESEC in Kyiv, which supports the global initiative on Sustainable Development Goals and aims not only to raise awareness about these major humanity’s Goals, but also to encourage everyone to action to make the world around us a better place.

During the quest, participants, along with Sherlock, will solve puzzles, mazes and riddles. And all this they will perform in teams of 4-6 persons. Each team will have a route on the territory of the Mariinsky Park. SherLocked Quest will consist of six locations, each dedicated to a specific Goal of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The shortlisted Goals were selected based on a global survey YouthSpeakSurvey, which demonstrated the most topical issues specifially for Ukraine.

‘Sherlocks’ will develop a team spirit not only as small teams, while solving the challenges at the locations, but also all together. Since the last task will be common to all and will symbolize Goal №16 - Peace and Justice. Here, participants will get acquainted with the cultures of Morocco, Germany and France, as the final task will be presented by interns from these countries. In the end everyone will be able to realize their potential in a common task that be the culmination of Sherlock’s search and the key for understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Winners will receive certificates for a visit to the quest-rooms of Questium (Partners of the Quest) and much more.

03 June 2016

On World Environment Day Welcome to Eco-Style Quest in Vinnytsia

If you are young, active, purposeful, committed to self-development, you want to feel drive and have a fun time with friends and also want to know how to save our planet?

We invite you take part in the quest "Eco-Style". On 5 June, on the World Environment Day in Vinnitsa, Central City Park (ex-Gorkoho Park), start at 3 pm near the arch.

Find out more about the Sustainable Development Goals and win a prize for your team.

We welcome everyone!

Organisers are students of the Donetsk National University: Yulia Tkachuk,  Victoria Zhmurko Bogdan Bortun, Oleksandra Popova

Contact: Yulia Tkachuk, phone: +38 (068) 513-4514, email


Lviv Residents Invited to Participate in Quest on Sustainable Development Goals

International youth organization AIESEC in Lviv organizes a free quest for residents of Lviv. The aim is to promote the Global Goals for Sustainable Development adopted by the UN to make the planet sustainable by 2030. 

Locals will be able to join the global action in an interesting way. The quest will be held on Saturday, June 4. Meeting place for participants: near the Opera House at 11:00 am. Winners will receive pleasant rewards.

The quest involves a competition between teams at passing all designated locations through the city to the final destination. At each station, participants will perform a variety of tasks associated with the Sustainable Development Goals.

Organizers promise to reward quest winners with certificates for a free 6-week course at the "Language School" with foreign trainees from around the world (details: vk.com/aiesec_ls), and sweet prizes from partners.

Participation in the quest is free.

02 June 2016

Partnership for Sustainable Development Goals in Ukraine registered by the United Nations

Partnership for Sustainable Development Goals in Ukraine - Incubator for Green Communities - registered on the corresponding United Nations website (# 11915). Welcome to learn about its foundations. This is a living document and will change with the development of the Partnership.

Description

The Partnership will improve awareness about the SDGs in Ukraine, map and include multiple stakeholders, facilitate the adoption of community-level plans to achieve SDGs, and mentor Ukraine’s eco-villages and aspiring ‘smart cities’ in the implementation of innovative pilot projects. We will help communities fundraise, efficiently use resources, accumulate and transfer knowledge, and scale successful practices, striving for integrated, sustainable and scalable approaches. The Partnership will ensure the local ownership of its activities, and that participating communities use all the talents, experience, and wisdom of both men and women, and address the needs of all their members, especially the vulnerable groups.

Implementation methodologies

The Partnership will pool together members’ talent and treasure and use crowdsourcing and crowdfunding to mentor Ukraine’s communities in achieving SDGs. We will target both innovative communities (in particular ‘eco-villages’ and aspiring ‘smart cities’) and struggling ones which will be willing to cooperate in integrating SDGs in their development/recovery strategies. We are building a multi-stakeholder Partnership and will engage a wide network of external partners. We will involve professionals and volunteers for the incubation and implementation of local projects and programs aimed at qualitative changes in these communities throughout Ukraine. We will work with these communities to raise funds, to achieve tangible positive change, to share success stories and learn from others’ mistakes, and to disseminate best practices.

31 May 2016

Join Mykolaiv’s first Youth Quest on Sustainable Development

On June 1, on the occasion of the International Children's Day, at 10:00 am we will start registration for participation in the quest for children, which will include six locations, among them there will be painting, fun games, interesting workshops, a bubbles show and sweet gifts.

The quest’s uniqueness is that it will encourage children to realize their role in the environment.

Organizers of the quest: NGOs Club of Political Diagnostics “StrekoZa” and Center for Tourism Development and Environmental Protection "Save the World".

Where: Youth Park (behind the cinema "Youth" in the center of the park)

When: June 1, at 10:00 am

Contacts: +38 (063) 446-1379 - Lydia, +38 (050) 935-6223 - Yulia, e-mail.

Unity in Diversity and Sustainable Development - Themes of the Quest in Zakarpattya

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted in September 2015 as part of the 70th UN General Assembly session in New York. What are they? How to reach them? How to inform the public about them? Who has the power to bring them to life?

You will find answers to these questions when you take part in our quest. We want to improve awareness of sustainable development and to do this we need to engage more people. The emphasis is on the student youth, who are the vanguard of this project. We invite other stakeholders to participate in the quest as well.

Since Zakarpattya is a multi-ethnic region, the quest will articulate the fact that we are united, that we have no causes for controversies. We can unite around a goal, despite the heterogeneity of our culture, language and ethnicity.

The quest will be held in Uzhhorod on June 6, 2016 at the initiative of the Resource Center for Sustainable Development at the Uzhhorod National University.

One needs to form a team of three creative persons and help us to promote our region as a one which is open to change and has a real potential to implement the concept of sustainable development. Let’s create a new standard together!

Deadline for registration for participation: 12:00 on June 3, 2016.
Contact: Sophia Datsyuk, Political Science student, phone: +38 (050) 862-2708, e-mail.

See more at: http://mediacenter.uzhnu.edu.ua/news/kvest_na_temu_cilej_stalogo_rozvitku/2016-05-03-3714#sthash.elTUMVib.6bTwFksg.dpuf

30 May 2016

Welcome to the Quest on Sustainable Development Goals in Ternopil

Summer in Ternopil starts with a great opportunity for residents to learn more about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)!

Our city joins the worldwide initiative, and for residents of Ternopil to have an opportunity to learn more about this, the youth organization AIESEC organizes a city quest on the topic of Sustainable Development Goals.

Quest will take place on 4 June. Beginning at 12:00, the quest will last about four hours. Players will complete 17 tasks connected to each Goal and of course will win prizes at the end of the quest (each team will receive gifts, there won’t be winners and losers). To perform each task teams will have 15 minutes, during which a volunteer responsible for a Goal will briefly talk about it (in order to acquaint more people with SDGs), then there will be 7-10 minutes for completing a task and 2-3 minutes to solve a puzzle hinting about the next step.

Locations of each Goal are different, so participating teams will be awarded maps (each team will have a different route) with the locations of Goals which they need to pass. Locations are within the Theater Square and the city lake.

The number of teams is limited - 10-13 teams of different ages (high school students of 10-11 grades, university students and all others) consisting of 4-6 people each.

There will be 17 volunteers responsible for each Goal, members of AIESEC. Also, international trainees who are currently in Ternopil will join the initiative. These include young persons from India and Egypt. They will tell participants about the environmental situation in their countries.

Contact: Angelina Karpenko, phone: +380979155397, e-mail.
More information: https://vk.com/sdg_quest_ternopil

Web quest in Kamyanske: youth shares European values, seeks quality education and a clean environment


In Dniprodzerzhynsk (Kamensky) on 26-27 May 2016 participants of Euroclubs "Esprit de corps" at the secondary school № 9 and "Patriot" at the NIT Lyceum participated in the web-quest "Creating the European Values Bank". The quest moderated by I. Shestopalova, supervisor at the Center for Tourism and Local History "Horytsvit".

The event carried considerable information and meaning. By doing all the tasks on the stages of the quest the youth was to answer the questions:
  • What are the European values?
  • Why do so many people find European values so appealing?
  • How do European values ​fit with the planet’s Sustainable Development Goals?
The format of web quest was chosen because it can be compared with a trip to the unknown terrain, where you could meet all sorts of surprises, interesting histories. This is a unique opportunity to teach children cooperation, proper communication, develop their intelligence, navigate the information flows, introduce new technologies and services, while combining training and education.

Participants were arranged in groups and asked to become depositors of the ‘Bank of European Values’. They were to visit all of the bank’s branches and while solving the tasks of the quest, get acquainted with the concept of ‘European values’ and deposit their answers to the ‘bank account’. In addition, all participants became co-founders of the bank’s ‘Golden Fund’, which in addition to European values contained Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Viewing the video "The World’s Largest Lesson", the focus of which are key components of sustainable development, contributed to the emotional perception of the SDGs.

Young people made the conclusion that Europe creates a space for human freedom, security and justice. And at the center of sustainable development (SD) is the preservation of the human species and one’s personal development as a social being.

The participants identified environment as the priority goal for our city. While the priority goal for one’s own self almost everyone chose "quality education", giving us hope that all other 16 SDGs will be successfully achieved.

Feedback from participants

"Thank you for the opportunity to participate in defining our city’s sustainable development goals and improving the readiness to act together with the whole world".
Elizaveta Paliy

"For me it was an opportunity to become part of a new activity - web quest that made the educational process more interesting. Walking along the imaginary bank’s branches I learned that Ukraine together with the world needs to define common policies and actions to achieve sustainable development, ending poverty, ensuring social justice, adequate protection of the environment."
Lyubov Loik

"Today, with the help of this web quest, virtual reality became an aide in the process of learning such concepts as European values and sustainable development goals. I became more aware and willing to share the acquired knowledge and skills.”
Mariya Yasmanovych

"I thought that the game is not for my age, but while participating in the quest I realized that every game can have a deeper meaning, especially when it comes to concepts such as European values​​."
Dmytro Poznansky

"Through participation in this event, I realized that European values ​​can be implemented in any country, regardless of the region, whether or not a country is joining the EU. Nothing prevents Ukraine, choosing the course of European integration, to introduce European standards in the country and to set global goals for sustainable development."
Mariya Lybid 

Photos: plus.google.com/photos/+GreenqbOrgUA/albums/6290552007325927761

27 May 2016

On Europe Day, Kirovohrad youth looked for the Keys to Sustainable Development


On 20 May 2016 the quest "Ukraine United. Sustainable Development Goals" took place in Kovalivskyi Park of Kirovohrad. During the quest 200 participants were getting to know the global goals of the modern world’s development.

Quest organizers were leaders and the head of Kirovohrad Euroclubs Council at the Regional Center for Children and Youth, Youth NGO “Center".

During the quest about 200 young people - active members of Kirovohrad and region’s Euroclubs and youth organizations were able to explore different stations and familiarize themselves with the Sustainable Development Goals.

The quest was held as part of the celebration of Europe Day in Kirovohrad region. Partners involved in organizing the quest included the Kirovohrad Regional Center for Children and Youth, Department of Education, Science, Youth and Sports of Kirovohrad Regional State Administration, U.S. Peace Corps volunteers in Ukraine.

"We learned about the Sustainable Development Goals for the first time. And it is nice that our country is already doing much for implementing some of these goals"
Maria Ivanova, 
member of Euroclub "Strength in Unity" at school № 26, Kirovohrad

"This is a great opportunity to understand for yourself and bring to others the importance of the Goals, which are relevant and global, not only for our country but for the future of our planet in general"
Svitlana Don, 
volunteer at a quest station

"I heard about the Sustainable Development Goals for the first time. The fact that our city joined in is nice and gives hope"
Yanina Havryliuk, 
member of the youth NGO "Oberih", Znamianka

"It was interesting to perform tasks which provided keys to other stations. The novelty was that the keys were not easy, and carried important information about our society’s development"
Yan Udovichenko, 
student at the Center for Children and Youth, village Dolinsk

The final detailed planning of the quest took place two days before, on May 18, at a meeting of active young people - leaders of European clubs of Kirovohrad and youth NGO "Center".

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25 May 2016

Internet quest to take place in Dnipropetrovsk region

Centre for Tourism and Local History "Horytsvit" in Kamianske (formerly Dniprodzerzhynsk) invites leaders of the city’s Euroclubs to participate in the Internet quest aiming to help them comprehend the notion of European values. 

The internet quest was designed and piloted at an open regional Euroforum "European values: panorama of views", held in Dniprodzerzhynsk on 26.04.2013. To this day it remains popular among young people because it engages youth for active citizenship and contributes to understanding the process of European integration of Ukraine. It gives awareness of common European values ​​(expands and refines the concept). Improves the skills of obtaining information and critical analysis.

Quest participants are invited on 26.05.2016 to the secondary school №9 (ICT lab) at 9:00 am, and to the NIT Lyceum on 27.05.2016 (ICT lab) at 11:00 am.

The quest will be led by it author, supervisor at the Center for Tourism and Local History "Horytsvit" Iryna Shestopalova.

23 May 2016

Drive and Diversity - Feedback by Participants of the Quest on Sustainable Development Goals in Sievierodonetsk


On 20 May 2016 the Resource Center for Sustainable Development at the Dahl East-Ukrainian University (EAU) participated in the organization of Europe Day celebration in the Lugansk region. The festival was organized by Lugansk Regional State Administration with the support of United Nations Development Programme Sievierodonetsk Office and other UN agencies. The central event organized by the Resource Center was a quest - a dynamic quiz dedicated to European values ​​and goals of sustainable development - global development benchmarks recognized by all member-states of the United Nations. 

The quest became a very interesting adventure, which volunteers from among the students and professors of the EAU helped organize and conduct. 13 teams of students of city schools, students and even professors, and residents of Sievierodonetsk and the Lugansk region were the Quest participants. Each team received a Europassport - informal but nonetheless valuable recognition of their willingness and resiliency of intention to implement the European integration orientation in social and personal life. Teams had to find and get around five locations where they familiarized with the Sustainable Development Goals, answer questions and perform certain tasks. The questions were designed as crosswords, quizzes, pictures, and the tasks included searching for ‘agents’ on the square, participating in a mini flashmob, finding items, taking part in games.

Participants had to demonstrate knowledge on sustainable development, knowledge of European experience in sustainability, logic and speed of thought. For correct answers and completed tasks, participants received stickers in their Europassports and some words from which they were expected to compose a sentence - one of the quotations by Ban Ki-moon - UN Secretary-General - regarding the participation of countries in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Winners of the quest received gifts.

Participants said they "liked the unusual format for events like that and the visualization of Sustainable Development Goals (which were made as big colorful cubes)." Others noted the "the volunteers’ positive drive at each stage" and "diversity of challenges: touch, active games, crosswords, etc". Most volunteers said that the quest was interesting for them too, "participants listened attentively to information about the Sustainable Development Goals, answered questions with interest, participated in challenges and searched for hints" and that the "event was bright and cheerful, and will long remain in the memory."

On behalf of the University and the Resource Center our thanks go the organizers for the wonderful holiday, to our wonderful volunteers - for the dedication and support, and to all the participants! You are the best!

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/resource.center.eunu/posts/218969151822342

21 May 2016

On Europe Day, Youth in Vinnytsia Region Learned about Sustainable Development, National History and Culture


On 20 May local youth in the city of Lypovets in the Vinnytsia region took part in the quest "Patriot Games", celebrating Europe Day.

The aim of the event was to interest young people to learn about the sources of national history and culture, promote patriotism and environmental education; awaken national consciousness; and disseminate information about the Global Goals for Sustainable Development as an inalienable human right to life and self-realisation.

Organizers: Lipovets City Council, Children and Youth Centre of the Lypovets District.

Four teams comprised of young people aged 14 to 35 took part in the quest. Participants named their teams and designed their teams’ logos. The quest started in the bicycle park, where each team was given a route sheet and the first hint which the team had to solve to find the next location. Each team had a different route so that teams did not meet.

At each of the seven locations, participants were facing a new challenge, resolving which they received an envelope with a clue about the next location, and the grade, which depended on the accuracy, speed and quality of execution of the task, as well an element of the key to help solve the main challenge. The latter included composing a single word, which had to be with presented at the last location together with the route scorecard. The final stage for the teams was the patriotic flash mob dance in which the quest participants built an even stronger team.

 At the end of the quest the winners were determined, all the teams received prizes and sweet gifts from the Mayor of Lypovets.

Throughout the event a friendly atmosphere dominated, all participants shared a good mood. In addition to new knowledge obtained during fulfilling the tasks of the quest, teams received a lot of positive emotions.

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19 May 2016

Travel grants for Ukrainian ecovillages to participate in the GEN-Europe Conference

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Partnership for Sustainable Development Goals in Ukraine Incubator for Green Communities invites representatives of Ukrainian ecovillages to participate in the travel grants contest. The aim of the contest is to provide financial support to Ukrainian participants of the annual conference of Global Ecovillage Network-Europe.

The task of the competition: to introduce one’s own ecovillage and its inhabitants in a short (up to 10-minute) video* in the English language. Please send the hyperlink (URL) to the video, along with a short letter with contact information and a description of the video to the e-mail: Ukraine@greenqb.org.

Criteria:
  • Command of the English language; 
  • Experience in developing an ecovillage; 
  • Commitment to share best practices.** 

Grants: EUR 200 and 100. The number and size of grants may increase. The up-to-date size of the prize fund will be available at greenqb.org.

Deadline for applications: 15 June 2016. Winners will be announced before 20.06.2016.

Forum for participants and interested members of ecovillages: https://goo.gl/spaces/GX4gymAM5dUzDKiU7

For more information and to support the contest, please contact: Ukraine@greenqb.org.

* The video must be placed online in the public domain. Submission to the Competition is considered as consent to the use of a Creative Commons license to works of "free content". The same license used by Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects (more here). When sharing your video via social media, please use the hashtag: #ecovillageUA. 

** After the conference participants who received the Partnership’s financial aid will undertake to participate in the campaign to promote ecovillages and disseminate international best practices in Ukraine.

Join the Quest on Sustainable Development Goals in Lviv Region

Members of Euroclub "LIFE" invite everyone to join the quest on Sustainable Development Goals. 

The quest will take place during the celebration of Europe Day in Sambir, as part of the 10th Regional Forum of Euroclubs.

If you are young, caring and creative, if you're worried about the fate of your country, quality education, the world without poverty, hunger, if you stand for clean water, renewable and affordable energy, sustainable city and community, and support many other global goals, our quest - is just for you!

Our team of volunteers of Euroclub "LIFE" is waiting for you at the central square of Sambir on 21 May 2016.

The quest will take place at 12:45. We hope that five most active teams will compete for the grand prize.

Contact: +380677401196

More at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/386913868057236/permalink/1019677678114182

18 May 2016

Invitation to the Global Ecovillage Network-Europe Conference 2016


Celebrating 20 years of leadership in connecting ecovillages and communities for a sustainable world!

Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)-Europe warmly invites to join its annual Conference in honouring the elders of the ecovillage movement, celebrating the present holders of energy from all of Europe and continuing to look ahead with the next generation at where our learning edge for sustainable living is now.
“Together, we will share realistic glimpses of possibility and hope for a thriving future. 
GEN has a wealth of inspiration to offer, emphasising local solutions to global challenges and demonstrating the creation of a different world is possible! 
At this conference, GEN Europe will provide a direct link of friendship and understanding between people which enables us to feel that we are working towards solutions for one planet.”
The conference will take place on 4-8 July in the ecovillage Arterra Bizimodu in Spain. The venue is located in a former rural hotel “Palacio del Pirineo” in a village called Artieda, which belongs to the Chartered Community of Navarra (Comunidad Foral de Navarra), Spain.

Artieda is situated approximately 40 kilometres away from Pamplona, Navarra’s capital city. The full address is: Arterra Bizimodu, Calle Abajo 1, Artieda, Navarra, 31480, Spain

During the conference there will be a dedicated space Ecovillage Sustainable Technologies Expo, to demonstrate how ecovillages can contribute to reduce CO2 emission using appropriate technologies or using simple solutions  accessible to all. We are inviting members of ecovillages to share, demonstrate or present technologies coming from their community, or from traditional knowledge,  that are used to tackle local or global problems.

The Global Ecovillage Network is a global association of people and communities (ecovillages) dedicated to living "sustainable plus" lives by restoring the land and adding more to the environment than is taken. Network members share ideas and information, transfer technologies and develop cultural and educational exchanges.

More at: geneuropeconference2016.org

City Quest in Vinnytsia Region to take place on Europe Day

As part of Europe Day celebrations, on 20 May a city intellectual, sports and entertainment quest "Patriot Games" will take place in Lypovets (Vinnytsia region).  

Venue: Youth Square and the bike park

Deadline for teams (7 persons) to apply: 19 May 2016.

Beginning of competition at 1:30 pm.

Contact: +38 (068) 047-04-47 (10:00 to 17:00), lypovetsmr@gmail.com.

More information:
http://lipovec.com.ua/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1137:2016-05-13-13-17-49

16 May 2016

Quest on Sustainable Development Goals to take place in Luhansk Region

The guest on Sustainable Development Goals will be held on 20 May 2016 from 11 am to 2 pm near the Palace of Arts on 28 Chimikiv Ave in Sievierodonetsk. 

The event is organized by the Resource Centre for Sustainable Development at the Volodymyr Dahl East Ukrainian National University and supported by the EU / UNDP project CBA.

Target groups of participants: schoolchildren, students and other interested persons.

Contact: Inna Semenenko, +380505332100, email

13 May 2016

Learn about Sustainable Development from Jeffrey Sachs!


Incubator for Green Communities promotes lifelong 'green' learning and will share information about learning opportunities, such as the following massive open online course: 

"The Age of Sustainable Development" gives students an understanding of the key challenges and pathways to sustainable development - that is, economic development that is also socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable.

Instructor: Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Earth Institute; Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development; Professor of Health Policy and Management

Upcoming session: July 4 - October 16

More information and registration: coursera.org/learn/sustainable-development

09 May 2016

Kirovohrad joined the Sustainable Development Goals campaign

On 20 May 2016 from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm the quest "United Ukraine. Sustainable Development Goals" will take place in Kovalivskyi Park of Kirovohrad. Participants will be able to get acquainted with the Global Goals for Sustainable Development of the modern world.

Organizers: The Council of Kirovohrad Euroclubs, Youth NGO Center.

For more information, please contact the head of Kirovograd Euroclubs Olena Arutyunyan, tel. +38 (050) 172-5751, e-mail: ocdut@ukr.net. Facebook group: fb.com/groups/1465126777098762/

06 May 2016

Ukraine and Sustainable Development Goals - Prior Progress and Current Challenges


Today, Ukraine is facing its most serious challenges since 1991. The foreign invasion and occupation of parts of Ukraine created massive internal displacement and emigration, and exerted critical pressure on State institutions, local communities and the environment.

On 25 September 2015, 193 Member States of the United Nations at a Summit in the framework of the 70th UN General Assembly in New York unanimously approved the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (hereinafter - SDGs) - a list of 17 Sustainable Development Goals for years 2016-2030, the relevant targets and indicators for monitoring the progress (more here)

We use the available data (October 2015) on Ukraine’s progress in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which preceded SDGs) as a baseline:

Ukraine (population 42.873 million, poverty rate 24.3%, per capita income $3.055, human development index 0.73) has managed to achieve certain progress in reducing absolute poverty, ensuring access to primary and secondary education, improving maternal health and reducing child mortality. However, poverty remains an acute problem. Other areas of concern are education quality, aggravation of environmental problems, absence of progress in gender disparity reduction and a large income gender gap (around 23%), the substantial growth of HIV/AIDS and the TB spread rate. Over 40% of adults (18-65) have at least one chronic disease. The exclusion of women from decision making at the highest political level contrasts with relatively high participation at lower levels. Representation of women in the Parliament at 9.4 percent remains well below the nationally set MDG target.

Despite being home to some of the richest natural environments and resources in Europe (over 25,000 species of plants and fungi and 45,000 animals, many endemic), Ukraine is one of the most heavily polluted countries in the region. It is the world’s most energy intensive country and the sixth largest per capita CO2 emitter. Annually, some 80 thousand hectares of arable land are lost to erosion. Protected areas form 5.6% of territory (compared to the international average of 10%). Since 1991, Ukraine has experienced over 70 disasters, which have affected over 2.7 million people and caused over $2.5 billion in economic damages. The impact of the ongoing war is yet to be assessed.

Acute social exclusion is experienced by 37.7% of households, critical exclusion is experienced by 16.9%. Extremely high risks of social exclusion (2.2 times higher compared with the average and 2.5 times higher compared with families consisting solely of working-age people) exist for families with many children and pensioners. Almost every third family with children is poor (32.6 percent), as is every fifth working person (20.0 percent). Higher education is the most important factor determining social inclusion. Critical exclusion is much more present in rural areas, especially when compared with large cities.

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