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Winner of 2nd edition of Call for Ideas and Award Competition “IMAGINE!” visits UN headquarters in New York

The Students and teachers of the "Goethe" German High School in Burgas, Bulgaria have made good use of the study visit received as winners of the 2nd edition of Call for Ideas and Award Competition “ IMAGINE!” Active Young Citizens for Sustainable Development in CEI and AII Areas.

Thanks to the 1st place winning project "Active young citizens for sustainable development in Bulgaria" (*), on 11-17 March, the CEI beneficiaries had the chance to visit the United Nations headquarters in New York, where they got to know the work of the global forum in depth, visited the halls where the General Assembly and the United Nations Security Council meet, and met H.E. Lachezara Stoeva, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bulgaria to the United Nations and President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

In New York, the students and teachers of the "Goethe" also visited the Bulgarian school "Hristo Botev", where they were greeted with great enthusiasm by the Bulgarian community of the city. In the classrooms, guests and hosts discussed résumés, exchanged information about colleges and universities, and then walked through Manhattan together.

The overall study visit took place in an atmosphere of enthusiasm and sharing, laying the foundations for new friendships and future collaborations.

The main objective of the competition was to raise awareness of CEI and Adriatic Ionian Initiative countries’ high school students on the UN Agenda 2030 (UNA2030) and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through a learning process and the participation in this Call, encouraging them to reflect on the contribution they could provide to its implementation at local level.

With this activity the CEI has strengthened its commitment towards the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda and helped foster activities in favour of youth.  

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* The project aimed to organise a specific educational campaign by setting up a youth diplomatic academy on the subject. The main objective was to develop and organise a simulation session of UN WOMEN, where the students of the school would play the role of national delegates on the one hand, and that of United Nations officials dealing with the issue of gender equality on the other. 
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