Youth Ideation Forum on 2030 Agenda
held in Beijing as part of the
2017 China Enactus Social Innovation Competition
Kate Taylor, Senior Industry Partnership Officer of the UNOPS China Operation Center speaking to the university students attending the Youth SDG Ideation Forum held as part of the Enactus Competition in Beijing on May 19th.
The 2017 Enactus China National Social Innovation Competition was held at the China National Convention Center on May 18-19 in Beijing. Teams from 94 universities across China presented their social innovation projects to a panel of judges comprised of senior level executives from over 60 corporations including Dell, Bayer, Chow Tai Fook, and Thermo Fisher. Over 2,000 students, academic advisors and corporations participated. Guangdong Pharmaceutical University was selected as China's National Champion for their project that uses a Chinese herb residue technology to turn mushroom waste into organic fertilizer.
Enactus is a 40 year old non-profit organization that operates in 36 countries. The organization provides a platform for university students to use entrepreneurial action to address social and environmental issues and in so doing help improve the lives of the people in their communities. Teams in China, for example, have created businesses with migrant workers, helped farmers find new markets and showed small coops how to expand their scope of business. Enactus-China currently works with 270 university campuses throughout China with over 16,000 students participating in the program each year.
The UN Youth Ideation Forum was one of the activities held as part of the Enactus Social Innovation Competition in Beijing.
Each Enactus student represents one of the 17 SDGs
After the discussion, student
representatives from each table shared specific actions that individuals,
student innovation projects and enterprises can take.
"Boyan Slat is a 22 year old who is leading 100 scientists to rid the sea of plastic through his program, Ocean Cleanup making a major contribution to SDG #14, Life Below Water. While still in high school, Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao discovered strains of bacteria with the potential to naturally break down phthalates, a toxic material commonly found in flexible plastics thus contributing to SDG #3, Good Health and Well-being, SDG #11 Sustainable Cities and Communities, and SDG #15 Life on Land, and more."
17 Student Representatives from different countries served as SDG Ambassadors and shared their insights on how to achieve the 2030 SDGs at the 2016 Enactus World Cup in Toronto.
"Enactus is committed to working with our students achieve the 2030 SDGs. All of the approximately 1,100 Enactus China student projects in 2016/17 are aligned with the UN's 17 SDGs.
------ Janet Shanberge, President, Enactus-China
For further information please contact:
Cathy Ren, General Manager
Su Ya, Project & Research Assistant