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We discuss the importance of moving students from academic debate to impactful actions and encourage MUN programs to embed outreach, service and support of the Sustainable Development Goals.

SDG1: No poverty


Images from United Nations India

  • Globally, there are 122 women aged 25 to 34 living in extreme poverty for every 100 men of the same age group

  • In 2016, almost 10 percent of the world’s workers live with their families on less than US $1.90 per person per day

  • 783 million people live below the international poverty line of US $1.90 a day

  • Most people living below the poverty line belong to two regions: Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa

  • One in four children under age five in the world has inadequate height for his or her age

  • As of 2016, only 45% of the world’s population was effectively covered by at least one social protection cash benefit

  • 1 in 5 people live under poverty in Tamil Nadu


SDG4: quality education


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  • In Chennai, especially in government schools, there is shortage of teachers

    • Lack of teachers is the biggest reason for declining enrollment rate in higher classes in Chennai.

  • According to the Pearson Voice of Teacher survey, Tamil Nadu is lowest in terms of students' interest towards what they are learning in school

  • Teachers do not know how to use technology for teaching or the school cannot offer technology for educational purposes

  • Lack of parental support in child education

  • According to UNESCO and The Global monitoring report, "absenteeism of teachers varied from 15% in Maharashtra and 17% in Gujarat - two comparatively richer states - to 38 % in Bihar and 42% in Jharkhand,  top of the poorest states”


SDG6: Clean Water And Sanitation

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  • There are still significant inequalities in access to quality water and affordable health services

  • In India, 5% of diseases are caused by polluted water 

  • Tap water in most cities contains disease-causing germs, toxic sediments, and feces

    • Potential waterborne diseases include diarrhea, urinary tract infection, cholecystitis, bacteremia, and cholangitis

  • Insufficient disease control in Chennai is mainly due to broken pipes, leaking sewer lines, and inadequate maintenance

    • Chennai’s department of disease control is planning to monitor the quality of drinking water


SDG12: responsible consumption and production


Images from United Nations India

  • 1/3 of all food produced (1.3 tonnes / $1 trillion) go to waste annually

  • According to the UN, 15% of India’s waste is processed

  • 6.9% of global CO2 emissions originate from India

  • Only 15% of urban India's waste is processed

  • Of the total installed power generation capacity, 58% is fuelled by coal

  • Chennai is the city that emits the most CO2 in India annually

    • Causes include:

      • Poor public transport

      • Heavy demand for thermal power

      • Poor waste managemen

      • Poor architectural efficiency

    • Areas to target:

      • Food wastage

      • Energy efficiency

      • Water consumption/supply rate

      • Efficiency of the local architecture