The United Nations is an international organisation founded in 1945. Currently made up of 193 Member States, the UN and its work are guided by the purposes and principles contained in its founding Charter.
The UN has evolved over the years to keep pace with a rapidly changing world. But one thing has stayed the same: it remains the one place on Earth where all the world’s nations can gather together, discuss common problems, and find shared solutions that benefit all of humanity.
The UN has 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets.
General Assembly *resolution, entitled “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, in which for the first time the Assembly recognised children and youth as agents of change, and recognising that the Sustainable Development Goals are integrated, indivisible and global in nature, and therefore that all of them apply to youth. The goals came into effect on the 1st January 2016 with the target year 2030.
(*resolution 70/1 of 25 September 2015)
Peace Child International
Peace Child International is a UK based charity focusing on youth entrepreneurship, employability, sustainable development and youth empowerment. Peace Child International began during the Cold War as a musical, based on Bernard Benson’s The Peace Book, aimed at resolving conflict between the United States and USSR, and at bringing youth from both countries into contact. The first performance was in October 1981 at the Royal Albert Hall, with Susannah York as the narrator. The musical was then taken to the United States, where it was premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. in December 1982. The core of the musical was composed by David Gordon and written by David Woollcombe, but it was re-written and customised by the cast wherever it was performed. Since its debut the musical has been used in conflict resolution efforts in Azerbaijan and Armenia, Central America, Cyprus, the former Yugoslavia, India, Israel and Northern Ireland. After the Earth Summit in June 1992, Peace Child produced a children’s version of Agenda 21, Rescue Mission: Planet Earth. The book was designed, edited and aimed at young people and went on to be translated into 23 languages. Since this point, Peace Child has focused mainly on sustainable development issues, and produced a number of further publications on the subject with UN agencies. Peace Child has also shifted its focus to an emphasis on youth unemployment, developing a number of training programmes in Europe, Africa and India to increase employability skills in young people.
There are 98 educational institutes in Luton – seven nurseries, 56 primary schools 9 voluntary-aided, 2 special requirements , 13 secondary schools, four further educational institues and four other educational institutes.
Luton has a diverse ethnic mix. Based on 2011 Census Luton had a population of 203,201. In 2011, 46,756 were aged under 16, 145,208 were 16 to 74, and 11,237 were 75 or over.
The town is situated within the historic county of Bedfordshire, but since 1997 Luton has been an administratively independent unitary authority. The town remains part of Bedfordshire for ceremonialpurposes. Luton’s economy has traditionally been focused on several different areas of industry, including car manufacturing, engineering and millinery. However, today, Luton is moving towards a service based economy mainly in the retail and the airport sectors, although there is still a focus on light industry in the town. Luton is situated less than 30 miles (50 km) north of the centre of London, giving it good links with the city and other parts of the country via rail and major roads such as the M1 (which serves the town from junctions 10 and 11) and A6. Luton has three railway stations.
UN Sustainable Goals
Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages.
Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all
Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation
Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss
Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development