Visit the United Nations
Let's Transform Our World - Inter-active Tour
Ending poverty, fighting climate change, equal rights for women and girls - world leaders have committed to reaching 17 ambitious goals to transform our world by 2030. Our inter-active tour 'Let's Transform Our World' puts the Sustainable Development Goals front and centre for school groups visiting the UN in Vienna. Choose this inter-active format if you wish your students to engage with the work of the United Nations and its Vienna-based organizations.
The 90-minute timeframe of this tour allows the tour guide to employ an entertaining mix of show and tell and inter-active games. The guide explains the UN's role in helping reach consensus on global challenges, usually by visiting an actual conference room, and will ask the group to get active in exploring some of the 17 Goals in more detail. Participants will have fun discovering a few of the ways UN organizations in Vienna and around the world are working to help achieve the Goals, and young people will go home with some ideas of how their own actions can help transform their world.
The Sustainable Development Goals and Human Rights
The year 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and teachers can opt to put the Sustainable Development Goals most directly related to human rights into special focus for their tour. Visiting the UN in Vienna, where Members States came together 25 years ago to agree on the Vienna Declaration establishing the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), offers the opportunity to introduce the topic of human rights in a memorable and thought-provoking setting. We also ask what happens when human rights are not respected in a given country. Sitting together inside a real UNHCR refugee tent, tour participants might imagine themselves considering the hard choices faced by people forced to flee their homes.
If you are an educator, view this tour as a basic starting point for an in-depth look at different sustainable development and human rights topics in the classroom. Teachers receive a printed reference guide to on-line teaching resources and other materials at the end of each tour.
A human-rights focused tour might also be usefully linked to in-classroom teaching about the Holocaust. As one element of this we recommend the "Footprints for Hope" lesson plan.