CIFAL Jeju organises 16th Youth Online Workshop
on Digital Partnership for the Implementation of the SDGs
Centre International de Formation des Autorités et Leaders Jeju (CIFAL Jeju) organized the 16th Youth Workshop on Digital Partnership for the Implementation of the SDGs entirely online from 13 July to 10 August 2020.
The workshop aimed to raise young people’s awareness of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as strengthen their capacity for being active advocates
of the global goals. To this end, CIFAL Jeju linked the online workshop with the UNITAR MOOC Introduction to the 2030 Agenda: A New Agenda for a Sustainable
World (9th edition), where the participating students form a group and upload a post about each module on their social media account.
A total of 50 undergraduate and graduate students from 26 different countries joined this online workshop and shared their national policies and
their suggestions/ideas virtually through various types of social media.
The online workshop that stretched out over four weeks is composed of three parts including taking UNITAR MOOC, creating individual content
on SDGS and national policy, group presentation/final report. On the Online Kick-off Meeting on July 13th, Sul Kyung Hoon, Director of CIFAL Jeju
gave an opening remarks, introducing this workshop as the first online activity to be organized in the 10-year history of the center.
CIFAL Jeju also offered ‘Meet the Experts (Mentoring)’ Session from July 31st to August 6th, where five mentors were invited.
They include, Professor. Booyeol Kim of Seoul National University, Professor. Byungjoo Kim of KDI School of Public Policy and Management,
Mr. Junghyun Kim from the World Economic Forum, Dr. Young-tae Kim, Secretary General of the International Transport Forum (ITF), and
Ms. Joo hyun Ha from the United Nations Environment Programme. Each mentor gave a short introduction of the field they represent,
such as inclusive society, trade and financing, capacity-building, climate, and energy. They also shared with the students their experiences
in setting a life direction, getting into an international organization, and other real-life advice as answers to students’ questions.
The group presentation which took place on August 7th marked the last virtual gathering of the 16thYouth Workshop. Each group was given 10 minutes
to summarize their 2-week activities and to share their thoughts after the mentoring session. Students responded with comments like
“I believe that this workshop was very informative and useful for those who are interested in SDGs. It was great to participate in an UNITAR activity
and expand my knowledge in this,” among others.