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Merit360, 27 August - 11 September 2016, USA

A delegation from the British Council’s global Active Citizens programmes will be taking part in Merit360, the most significant opportunity for youth to tackle the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Merit360 is run by leading UK-based youth organization and British Council partner World Merit.

Over two weeks, ten Active Citizens chosen for their demonstrated passion for the Sustainable Development Goals will join an international group of 360 young leaders to develop a strategy to inspire the global community to take action and create change. The resulting Action Plan 001 will be presented to the United Nations and implemented in communities around the world. 

The British Council Active Citizens Programme connects organisations and people around the world that are working to make a difference in their communities. It provides them with tools and assistance to develop cross cultural engagement skills and to run social action projects in their local area or internationally. 

Follow the delegation’s activities and insights throughout this world changing 16 day programme on Facebook and Twitter

Learn from future generations

Gain different perspectives of #sdgs by learning from children around the world. Visit our Schools Online website to download classroom resources on the SDGs. View our Flickr gallery to get some inspiration to represent how your students envisage we work together to build a better future.

Join the #SDGs conversation

We want to engage as many people as possible in the conversation about the #SDGs. And that includes you!

The Sustainable Development Goals represent a huge shift in thinking about sustainable development. These challenges are universal, and need action from all of us. What contribution can you make to the SDGs?

See what people are saying on social media and make your own contribution via Facebook and Twitter by using the #SDGs hashtag. 

Recent events:

The SDG exhibition

Think Global/British Council Seminar Series

SEMINAR 1: LEARNING FOR ACTION - BRINGING THE SDGS TO LIFE

This first seminar, timed to coincide with our SDG exhibition, examined a global initiative to raise awareness of the goals; looked at the conditions that need to be in place for behavior to change; looked at London initiatives to engage schools with the goals; and finally, heard from a London school working with an international partner on a goals focused project. 

SEMINAR 2: EDUCATION FOR THE SDGS - A CRITICAL ROLE FOR GLOBAL SKILLS

In this second seminar we looked at various different initiatives that are underway to support teachers and students to develop these skills, and some of the challenges and barriers that lie ahead.

SEMINAR 3: PUTTING GLOBAL SKILLS AT THE CENTRE OF OUR WORKPLACES

The skills and behaviours that underpin success with the Sustainable Development Goals are also highly valued by employers around the world. They are seen as essential skills for the 21st century. This final seminar in the series looked at how the UK’s young people are being prepared for life and work in a global world.