Health is Wealth. The Master Plan considers SDG-3 as fundamental to human wellbeing. This is especially the case of youth and student: WHO reports that suicide is now the second leading cause of death among the ages 15-29. Of these 79% occur in countries deemed low-to-middle-income. The Master Plan pledges to allocate considerable resources to address this spike in human misery, recognizing that greater attention is needed now more than ever.
As a guide for implementing the United Nations International Day of Education (A/RES/73/25), the Master Plan upholds SDG 4 as its single greatest guiding principle. In particular, The Master, stresses the need for social and civic education that help foster generations with a firm understanding of their society and its place within the world. As the architect and designers of United Nations International Day of Education, Collegiate Congress believe the promotion of such an education model will have demonstrative benefits towards other SDGs.
Gender equality is a growing concern around the world. The Master Plan staunchly supports the United Nations and all UN Member States efforts to bridge any disparities between genders. The Master Plan makes an approach to the issue unique, with solutions to gender inequality based in academic institutions that serve to create broader societal impact.
Climate Change is a reality. Overwhelming evidence indicates that the situation is dire and must be addressed with urgency. It is also true that the youth of today are the world leaders of tomorrow. As such, this global population ought to be widely educated on the impacts of climate change for the good of themselves, their communities, and their world. With more aware leadership comes a more sustainable world.
The Master Plan’s vision for a peaceful society is possible only if we choose to learn each other, as much of unrest and tension in the world is directly built on a lack of understanding of cultures different from our own. Seeds of this advanced understanding are already sewn in the millions of international students in institutions of higher education around the globe. We have developed a blueprint to foster intercultural understanding partly by recognizing the international nature already existent in our colleges and universities.