University Students debate whether youth should monitor implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)Oct 21, 2016
Ashgabat, 21 October 2016: On the eve of the UN Day marked worldwide on 24 October, the UN family and the Government of Turkmenistan have held a students’ debate for the UN Debate Cup. The debate motion was: “Can youth monitor the implementation of SDGs?” The event was held at the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The five teams from the Turkmen State University named after Magtymguly, National Institute of World Languages named after Azadi, Institute of International Relations of the MFA of Turkmenistan, International University for Humanities and Development, and National Institute of Economy and Management expressed their views on how they can contribute into the SDGs agenda.
The students provided different arguments on how young people could participate in tackling the world’s greatest challenges. In the course of discussion, they underlined the importance of the UN platform for promoting dialogue between youth from different countries. The global Sustainable Development framework remains a key element of the agenda of Annual ECOSOC youth forum which will take place in February 2017 in New York, they mentioned. They also commented on each other’s statements and asked questions on particular ideas expressed in the speeches.
The adjudicating team consisting of representatives from the diplomatic community scored the students according to the substantive content, logical flow of argument and confidence. The International University for Humanities and Development was named a winner of the Debate. The team received the revolving UN Debate Cup.
This was the fourth annual Students’ debate for UN Debate Cup and it has become a tradition to organize it within the UN Day celebration activities.