12 October 2018

De Montfort University will hold a 24-hour vigil in support of the Sustainable Development Goals

12 October 2018 - De Montfort University - DMU (United Kingdom), a member institution of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), is holding a 24-hour vigil to demonstrate and mobilize support for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will be launched on 18 October 2018 by Maher Nasser, Director of the Outreach Division of the United Nations Department of Public Information, with a live link from United Nations Headquarters to the university campus at noon, UK time. DMU’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Dominic Shellard will then invite students, academics and the general public to begin an event that will promote all the SDGs.

Academics will speak on each one of the SDGs outlining their work on such Goals and this will be followed by an ideas workshop as people are asked for their contributions to make the world a better place. A six-hour slot during the event will then be put aside from midnight until 6am to focus in particular on Goal 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. During this special focus, volunteers will also put together ‘dignity boxes’ to include toiletries and other necessities which will then be transported to Calais (France), and handed out to refugees at the French port.

The vigil will coincide with a DMU trip by students to Cyprus, where they will visit a refugee reception centre and learn about the island’s work in dealing with migrants arriving on their shores and the Government’s strategies, policies and efforts. DMU’s Head of Public Engagement Mark Charlton said: “The university has made a firm commitment of support to the SDGs and events like this are a further show of that commitment". "We believe events like this, that engage with hundreds of our students and staff plus interested members of the public, are important in further energizing people towards the Goals", he noted.

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