49th Annual World Affairs Institute for Student Leaders

What Will It Take to Achieve a Sustainable World for All?

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Senator John Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

We hear the term “sustainable” a lot, but what will it take to achieve a sustainable world for all—a world with no poverty, a thriving planet, and peace and prosperity? The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, are a blueprint for all countries to work together to reach global sustainability by 2030. At this year’s World Affairs Institute, hear from inspirational leaders who will address the three pillars of sustainability: economic, social, and environmental. Learn how you can use your creativity, your knowhow, and technology to help build a world in which no one is left behind.

2019 World Affairs Institute Brochure

Institute Schedule

  8:30 AM     Registration
  9:00 AM     Welcome and Introduction
  9:15 AM     Keynote Speakers
                      Environmental Sustainability: Dr. Joylette Portlock, Executive Director, Sustainable Pittsburgh
                      Social Sustainability: Grant Ervin, Chief Resilience Officer & Assistant Director, City of Pittsburgh,
                      Department of City Planning
                      Economic Sustainability: Kimberly Kipin-McDonald, Head of Sustainable Development NA, Covestro
10:45 AM     Break
11:00 AM     Panel Discussion with Keynote Speakers
12:00 PM     Institute Luncheon
12:30 PM     Strategic Action Planning Session
  3:00 PM     Adjournment

Self-parking is available at parking lots and parking garages near the Senator John Heinz History Center. Please see the Heinz History Center Parking Map for locations and rates.

Questions regarding the Institute? Contact Kathleen Newell, Education Program Manager: 412-281-7973

Questions regarding registration? Contact Patty Mackiewicz, Program Associate: 412-224-4339


BACKGROUND MATERIALS

These background materials will provide you with an understanding of the 17 Global Goals, the progress that has been made toward achieving the Goals, and the important role young people play in creating a sustainable world in which no one is left behind.

Getting to Know the SDGs (Source: SDG Academy Library)

An introduction to the course Transforming Our World: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Jeffrey Sachs profiles the history of the sustainable development agenda, from the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, to the creation and implementation of the Millennium Development Goals, to the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015. The chapter provides a brief overview of what each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals are and how to achieve their associated 169 targets.

In an era of global uncertainty, the SDGs can be our guide (Source: World Economic Forum, 08 Mar 2019)

Written by John McArthur, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Robert Muggah, Principal at SecDev Group, this article explores some of the criticisms of the Sustainable Development Goals while arguing that they may be our best bet at surviving the 21st century.

The UN has a 17-point plan to save the world. So how’s it doing? (Source: World Economic Forum, 15 Aug 2019)

Written by Kate Whiting, Senior Writer at Formative Content, this article provides a summary of the current progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and where “urgent collective action” is needed.

Why young people are key to achieving the SDGs (Source: World Economic Forum, 26 Sep 2016)

As the driving force for development, learn about how young people can work towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through economic citizenship in this article written by Jeroo Billimoria, Founder of Child and Youth Finance International.

The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World (Source: United Nations)

Change starts with you. Seriously. Every human on earth—even the most indifferent, laziest person among us—is part of the solution. Fortunately, there are some super easy things we can adopt into our routines that, if we all do it, will make a big difference. Have a look at just a few of the many things you can do to make an impact!

170 Daily Actions to Transform Our World (Source: United Nations)

Get inspired by 170 Actions to Transform Our World! This book contains 10 daily suggestions for each Goal on how you can make a difference in the world around you.


REGISTRATION

Rotary Clubs and School Districts

Letter to Rotary Club Presidents

To register on behalf of a Rotary Club/School District, complete these 3 steps:

  1. Work with the Interact Coordinator or appropriate teacher at your school to determine the number of Student Delegates you will sponsor, and provide each selected Student Delegate with a copy of the Student Delegate Letter (downloadable HERE).
  2. Complete the online Group Registration Form (accessible HERE).
  3. Mail a check made payable to the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, along with the Payment Form (downloadable HERE), to:
    World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh
    2640 BNY Mellon Center
    500 Grant Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Student Delegates

Letter to Student Delegates

If you have received a scholarship from a Rotary Club/School District to attend the World Affairs Institute, complete these 2 steps to officially register:

  1. Complete the online Student Delegate Registration Form (accessible HERE).
  2. Along with a parent/guardian, sign and submit the Liability Release & Media Waiver. The Liability Release & Media Waiver will be emailed to you and your parent/guardian—at the email addresses provided—within 2 business days of completing the online registration form.

*All Student Delegates are required to review the Institute background materials below.

Individual Student Delegates
(Students registering individually without a scholarship.)

Letter to Individual Student Delegates

To register to attend the World Affairs Institute as an Individual Student Delegate, complete these 3 steps:

  1. Complete the online Student Delegate Registration Form (accessible HERE).
  2. Along with a parent/guardian, sign and submit the Liability Release & Media Waiver. The Liability Release & Media Waiver will be emailed to you and your parent/guardian—at the email addresses provided—within 2 business days of completing the online registration form.
  3. Mail a check made payable to the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh to:
    World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh
    2640 BNY Mellon Center
    500 Grant Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15219
    *Include the Student Delegate’s name in the check memo.

*All Student Delegates are required to review the Institute background materials below.

Are you a Global Leadership Certificate student? A limited number of scholarships are available for GLC students. Please check Schoology for more information and to apply.


Who sponsors the World Affairs Institute?

The Institute is sponsored by Rotary International and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh. This year’s Institute marks the 49th year of collaboration between the Council and Rotary International.

What is the objective of the Institute?

The Institute engages high school student leaders in a discussion of key issues in international affairs so that they can understand and think critically about their world.

How is the conference structured?

Through panel presentations and an experiential learning activity, experts will discuss key issues with the student delegates. Each student will have access to a comprehensive overview of the topic prior to the Institute.

Who can attend the Institute?

All high school student are eligible to attend. Students can register independently or be selected as a scholarship recipient by local Rotary Clubs (Districts 6650, 7280, and 7305) or school districts.

How much does it cost to attend the Institute?

The fee of $75 for each student delegate and chaperone will cover the cost of registration, educational materials, all conference sessions, lunch, and refreshments.

What is the dress code?

Please dress in business casual attire.

Who is eligible for a scholarship?

Each Rotary Club or school district determines and pays for the number of scholarships it is sponsoring. Please contact your local Rotary Club/Interact Club or school district to see if scholarships are available.


About Rotary International

Rotary International is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Its mission is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. There are 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Clubs are non-partisan, non-denominational, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. As signified by the motto, “Service Above Self,” Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.

About the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

Established in 1931, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to providing a pathway for a more globally minded region, offering students and the community a learning space that covers key international issues.

For nearly five decades, the Council has had a special focus on serving secondary schools throughout Western Pennsylvania. Through its award-winning educational outreach program, the Council annually organizes events focused on the policy challenges which lie ahead for the successor generation, so that they may understand and think critically about their world.