The UN System Staff College Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development has launched a new explainer video, presenting a living example of an integrated approach to sustainable development: the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS). Located in Bhubaneswar, India, KISS provides 27,000 students from indigenous backgrounds with free residential education from kindergarten to post graduation and beyond.

In addition to helping lift children and their families out of poverty, KISS contributes to social cohesion by providing opportunities to underserved segments of society, such as girls and children from rural areas. The residential school runs multiple green initiatives, including a biogas plant that converts food waste into energy for cooking, and a steam-based kitchen that minimises fuel consumption. By engaging a wide range of government, private sector, and civil society stakeholders in India and internationally, KISS continues to amplify its impact. Through its work, KISS embodies a holistic approach to Sustainable Development, modeling the principle that achieving true sustainability requires us to consider people, prosperity, planet, partnership, and peace.

This explainer video tells the story of KISS, through the lens of the five dimensions of sustainable development. It was first screened at a capacity development workshop on the 2030 Agenda for UN Volunteers in India, jointly organised by UNSSC and KISS with the support of the UN Volunteers Programme, from 15 to 16 February 2018.

Watch the video below to learn about KISS and its work for the 2030 Agenda!

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