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  • Lillian Chow

Sharing of online SDG game experience

UNSDGs, which stands for United Nation Sustainable Development Goals, is one of the most heated sustainability topics in recent years. UNSDGs were adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations at the UN Sustainable Development Summit on September 25, 2015. The SDGs consist of 17 goals and 169 targets making up those goals, and 232 indicators for monitoring and reviewing the targets. The goals and targets became the global plan of action for 15 years (2016-2030). One can read all about the SDG when you google it but the essence of the 2030 SDGs Game is an experiential simulation game which helps players to understand what will happen in our world in 2030.

In order to understand more about this topic, I participated in an online 2030 SDGs Game last week. Let me share with you my thoughts as a player!

During the course of the Game, we can only run projects when the World Condition Meter reaches a certain level. The most memorable experience was definitely when we didn’t have enough economy, environment or society elements in the world for players to carry out the projects. The situation is just like what would happen in the real complex world. If we are only focusing on one aspect in the world, for example the economy, and neglecting how the environment is being damaged or how dispersed societies are, the world cannot go on. Striking a balance between different areas is a key to future development.

In the game, players can interact and do transactions with each others too. However, everyone has their own goals and they also need time and money for their own projects. It is difficult to reach a consensus when everyone prioritises their own interests. As a result, it takes a long time for you to negotiate before starting your own projects.

Actually, it is closely related to our world as well! The world changes slowly because every country has their own concerns. When it comes to coming up with an agreement, a lot of considerations and amendments must be made. As citizens in the world village, we should also try our best to comply with the new goals, for example, the 17 SDG goals, so that our world can become better.

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