On November 21, 2017 IDFI held a public lecture in Akhaltsikhe titled UN Sustainable Development Goals: Global And National Agenda. The lecture was held as part of the awareness raising campaign for the project Supporting the Implementation of UN Sustainable Development Goals in Georgia, implemented by IDFI and UNDP Georgia with the financial support of the Swedish Government.
The event was held in Samtskhe-Javakheti State University. Students, representatives of NGO’s and local government attended the meeting. Participants were introduced to the main components, activities, and future plans of IDFI’s project – Supporting the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals in Georgia. IDFI representative Saba Buadze presented the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their component objectives. The Sustainable Development Goals concern the following key areas of sustainable development of countries and the planet as a whole: end poverty, quality education for all, gender equality, health, environment protection, and strong and just institutions.
The lecture was followed by a discussion, where participants spoke about the government’s resources for implementing SDGs, and the role of NGOs and the local government in their implementation process. Participants also identified challenges, such as the need raising awareness regarding SDGs and possible results of SDG implementation. The use of the SDG National Document was also discussed from a research perspective and how various goals and targets can be used by students for academic purposes.
IDFI continues to raise awareness on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and plans to hold more meetings with students, public servants and private sector representatives.