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.

Check back soon for registration information, background materials, and updated event details!

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? Contact Kathleen Newell, Education Program Manager: 412-281-7973


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.