17 Rooms Exercise

The first 17 Rooms at Queen's event was held June 21, 2021 and assembled close to 300 students, faculty, staff and community members in virtual Zoom rooms where they discussed each of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how Queen's can make progress on them to create a global impact. The inaugural event was led by the Office of the Vice-Provost (Global Engagement) and the Principal's Office and resulted in significant collaboration, ideation and excitement that helped create awareness of the SDGs.

A 17 Rooms exercise is a fast-paced, brainstorming approach to generating awareness on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It brings together people interested in making a difference into 17 small groups, each tasked with generating ideas and knowledge to make progress towards a particular SDG. 17 Rooms events have been used by universities and other institutions around the world to generate activity around SDGs. It is an initiative designed by The Brookings Institute and The Rockefeller Foundation. Ideas generated may lead to initiatives in the future.

Meet the 17 Rooms

1. No Poverty

SDG 1 is no povertyEnd poverty, in all its forms everywhere.

Moderator: Marcus Taylor

Read Room 1 report.

2. Zero Hunger

SDG 2 is zero hungerEnd hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

Moderators: Elaine Power and Susan Belyea

Read Room 2 report

3. Good Health and Well-Being

SDG 3 is good health and well being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

Moderator: Nazik Hammad

Read Room 3 report.

4. Quality Education

SDG 4 is quality education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Moderator: Lindsay Morcom

Read Room 4 report.

5. Gender Equality

SDG 5 is gender equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Moderator: Kathleen Lahey

Read Room 5 report.

6. Clean Water and Sanitation

SDG 6 is clean water and sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

Moderator: Elijah Bisung

Read Room 6 report.

7. Affordable and Clean Energy

SDG 7 is affordable and clean energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

Moderator: Warren Mabee & Suraj Persaud

Read Room 7 report.

8. Decent Work and Economic Growth

SDG 8 is decent work and economic growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

Moderator: Samuel Dahan

Read Room 8 report.

9. Industry Innovations and Infrastrucutre

SDG 9 is industry innovations and infrastrucutre

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

Moderator: Ali Etemad

Read Room 9 report.

10 Reduced Inequalities

SDG 10 is reduced inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries.

Moderator: Beverley Mullings

Read Room 10 report.

11. Sustainable Cities and Communities

SDG 11 is sustainable cities and communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Moderator: Ajay Agarwal

Read Room 11 report.

12. Responsible Consumption and Production

SDG 12 is Responsible Consumption and Production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

Moderator: Jean-Baptiste Litrico and Laurence Yang

Read Room 12 report.

13. Climate Action

SDG 13 is climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

Moderator: Diane Orihel

Read Room 13 report.

14. Life Below Water

SDG 14 is life below water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

Moderator: Ryan Mulligan

Read Room 14 report.

15. Life on Land

SDG 15 is life on land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

Moderator: Sharon Regan

Read Room 15 report.

16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

SDG 16 is peace, justice and strong institutions

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

Moderator: Awet Weldemichael & Jonathan Rose

Read Room 16 report.

17. Partnerships for the Goals

SDG 17 is partnerships for the goalsStrengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

Moderator: Susan Bartels and Parvin Mousavi

Read Room 17 report.