BASS MP Brian Paynter officially launched the inaugural Global Goals Youth Forum in Wonthaggi on Monday, October 17.
The Bass Coast Shire Council, in partnership with the Asia Education Foundation and the Andrews Foundation will host the exciting new youth program, designed to deepen student understanding of global issues.
The Wonthaggi Global Goals Youth Forum invited 51 Year 9 to Year 11 students from Leongatha Secondary College, Newhaven College and Wonthaggi Secondary College to collaborate on solutions for global problems.
Students spent the day researching and discussing the United Nations’ recently adopted Global Goals for Sustainable Development, and proposed innovative solutions to achieve positive global change.
Areas of focus included ideas to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.
Mr Paynter delivered the opening address for the forum, and spoke about the role the State Government has in supporting and implementing a sustainable development agenda.
“This is a fantastic initiative that will help build students’ knowledge and understanding of global issues,” Mr Paynter said.
“The students will be key to solving the big challenges of our future, so it’s great to see them getting involved in this space in their local and global community.”
Guests at the forum opening included CEO for the Committee for Gippsland Mary Aldred, and Harry Freeman from Bass Coast Waste Watchers.