Global Issues Network
The Global Issues Network (GIN) at the International School of The Hague aims to raise awareness among students for the need to become responsible global citizens of tomorrow. The UN Millennium Goals serve as inspiration for various awareness raising, fundraising and other activities. This year these include:
- Greening the ISH: re-accreditation of our Green Flag status as a school that works on Sustainability: GreenSpace, solar panelling and a recycling scheme are some achievements leading to our first Green Flag certification from the Eco-Schools organization. It is now time to work on further improvements.
- Participation in the Young European Specialists and HUGs tracks of the WorldSchool organisation, where Dutch Ministries, think-tanks such as the Clingendael Institute, universities such as Wageningen and TU Delft invite students to research how to achieve sustainability goals in a European context.
- Silverback Engineers: who participated in the international Shell Eco-Marathon in May 2014, (and will do so again in Rotterdam in 2015) with a car of their own construction, to compete in the race for greater fuel efficiency and the search for alternative energy sources.
- The GIN Amnesty International Group, working on the recognition of individual Human Rights where and when these are breached.
- The Children’s Rights group: raising awareness about the poor treatment of children in various cultures and societies, with a focus on UNICEF’s Children’s Rights Week in November 2014.
- Participation in The Hague International Moot Court: where crimes against humanity are researched and tried in a simulated ICC (International Criminal Court) format.
- Participation in the International Peace Initiative: looking at the Middle East conflict between Israel and Palestine specifically, with presentations in the Peace Palace 14 October.
- Feminism, which looks at the (too)often inferior status young girls and women receive regarding their positions and roles in different cultures and societies.
- The Animal Welfare group, which raises attention and funds to help protect natural habitats of endangered species.
- LGBT group, which hopes to raise awareness about gender issues in different cultures and societies.
- The Food Bank group, working on fairer distribution of excess foods to those in need.
- Any other Millennium Goals-related issue that GIN students wish to take action on.