In this new feature, “All About Clubs and Societies,” Bilkent News is highlighting a different student club or society each issue, starting with those that were established at the beginning of the 2021–22 academic year.
A fifth of the population of the developing world lives on less than $1.25 per day.
Women make up more than two-thirds of the world’s 796 million illiterate people.
More than 800 million people are directly vulnerable to climate change impacts such as droughts, floods and heat waves.
Those are only three examples of the grim conditions humankind faces today.
As discouraging as these statistics are, however, there is hope for change. In 2016, the United Nations identified 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs), by committing to which we can aspire to save our planet and its inhabitants. Given their social as well as academic ideals, universities are optimal institutions for sharing this commitment.
In the light of these ideals, the Bilkent University Sustainable Development Goals Student Hub aspires to equip interested Bilkenters with the skills and opportunities necessary to build a better future. The club seeks members who are driven to make a positive impact
and are keen on seeking solutions for various issues of global importance, from gender inequality to global warming.
The SDG Student Hub will be organizing workshops and conferences to promote awareness of the sustainable development goals and to contribute to their realization. The club will also be hosting experts, some from the UN Development Program itself, to hold seminars on how nations can achieve sustainable development in different areas.
All Bilkenters who would like to be part of this worldwide movement, by thinking global and acting local, are very welcome to join the SDG Hub and may register through STARS or the club’s Instagram account @bilkentsdghub.