On the 28th of November, Secretary Morgan Wood and myself (Zach Beaudoin, Chair of Sustainability) left the Buffalo airport for Paris, where we would be participating in the UN’s 21st Conference of Parties (COP21).

Over the past 6 months, we have been working on various aspects of the UN’s 2030 Agenda which is the new framework voted for unanimously by every country within the UN. It maps every aspect of sustainability, defines it, and explains what needs to be done to complete each of the 17 Global Goals.

A mere 24 hours after the UN voted to adopted the 2030 agenda, the SUNY Student Assembly’s Executive Committee voted to adopted the 2030 agenda with all 169 points. This is a big step for SUNY, but also the UN as the 17th goal is partnership. Without universities, NGOs, and citizens—the governments will have no success.

Since I am the Sustainability Chair and we’ve been working with the 2030 Agenda so extensively, I felt it was appropriate to blog our trip abroad and our participation with the COP21 conference.