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In an effort to help protect the planet from degradation through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change so that the earth can support the needs of the present and future generations, the World Affairs Challenge focuses on our PLANET we all share. 

Your team's task is to investigate a problem related to one of the four SDGs below and consider the effects on the PLANET as you design and make a plan to implement a S.M.A.R.T. solution to the problem you have selected.

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Learn about current events, innovations, and obstacles related this year's SDGs and theme.

We recommend that teams focus on at least one of these SDGs:

The crisis of unsustainable consumption and production patterns worldwide is fueling the ongoing triple planetary crisis of climate change, nature loss and pollution. As domestic material consumption rises, some one billion meals worth of edible food are wasted every day in homes and stockpiles of e-waste steadily grow. Each stage of production or manufacturing presents an opportunity to reduce resource and fossil fuel use, foster innovation, conserve energy, cut emissions, and advocate for a circular economy approach. Learn more…

Climate records were shattered in 2023, with the world watching the climate crisis unfold in real time. Communities around the world are suffering the effects of extreme weather, which is destroying lives and livelihoods on a daily basis. The roadmap to limit the rise in global temperature to 1.5°C and avoid the worst of climate chaos cannot afford any delays, indecision or half measures by the global community. It demands immediate action in this decade to reach the achievement of net zero by 2050. Learn more…

Oceans cover over 70% of the Earth’s surface and play a crucial role in providing food and livelihoods for more than 3 billion people as well as combating the effects of climate change. Yet, alarming trends from declining fish stocks, marine pollution, ocean acidification and habitat destruction threaten marine ecosystems and the livelihoods of coastal communities worldwide. Urgent action is needed to address these challenges and ensure the long-term health and sustainability of the ocean to safeguard marine life and ecosystems. Learn more…

SDG 15 underscores the critical importance of biodiversity as humanity’s life-support system. Yet, the relentless depletion of forests, coupled with an alarming rate of species extinction and stagnation in safeguarding key biodiversity areas, jeopardizes the delicate balance of our ecosystems. It is imperative to intensify efforts in fulfilling our environmental and biodiversity commitments to address the pressing global environmental challenges and crises , including climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution. Learn more…