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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.

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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.
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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 


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".Молодіжне-громадське-обєднання-Центр-1402451140078237/

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!


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.


19 May 2016

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

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:

  • 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

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

Forum for participants and interested members of ecovillages:

For more information and to support the contest, please contact:

* 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

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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.

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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),

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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:

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: Facebook group:

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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05 May 2016

Competition for the Best Quest on Sustainable Development Goals

The Partnership Incubator for Green Communities, on the occasion of the Europe Day in Ukraine, invites young people to take part in the competition for the best Quest on the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs).

To participate in the contest, quests must be organized and carried out by young people in local communities, improving awareness about SDGs, being practically oriented and involving various stakeholders.

The project groups planning to conduct quests on SDGs should send the press announcement (in advance before the event) and press-release (after the event, along with links to photo albums and videos), and - before the deadline - methodological guides (description of the format of the quest and accompanying materials). All materials should be sent to the e-mail:

  • conformity to the theme and creativity;
  • positive environmental and social impact, educational effect;
  • leading role of young people;
  • focus on different generations and vulnerable groups;
  • multisectoral interaction, cooperation between different stakeholders.

Deadline for conducting quests: June 10, 2016. Releases and guidelines - not later than June 15. Winners will be announced on June 20.

The prize fund (I prize, II prize and two III prizes): 10,000 UAH and growing! The actual size of the prize fund will be available at

For more information and to support the competition please contact: