The Voice of Chinese Youth at Global Stage:
Forum to highlight significant role of youth in promoting a sustainable future
New York, 30 Jan 2017 – More than 500 youth advocates from around the world will gather at the United Nations today and tomorrow to look at how young people can play an increasingly significant role in advancing implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The 6th UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum, which will focus on “the Role of Youth in Poverty Eradication and Promoting Prosperity in a Changing World,” provides a critical global platform where youth ministers and other government leaders, youth delegates, representatives from civil society and youth-focused organizations can contribute to discussions on issues affecting young people.
At the two-day annual event, participants will focus on several key areas including poverty eradication; youth employment and economic empowerment; gender equality; health and wellbeing; climate change; the importance of technology in implementing the SDGs as well as the need to identify regional priorities for youth development.
Over 20 Chinese young people from UN System in China, Government of China, NGOs, universities and high schools will attend the youth forum.
Among them, 6 young delegates will participate in the forum on behalf of UN Country Team in China:
· Mr. Yuan Wang, member of the well-known band TFboys and outstanding participant and advocate of UN China Imagine 2030 Campaign, nominated by UN Subgroup on Youth
· Ms. Hairuo Sun, student of High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China and Leader of the committee for the first China Youth Environmental Forum, nominated by UN Environment
· Mr. Bozhong Zheng, student of High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China and outstanding participant of the China Youth Environmental Forum, nominated by UN Environment
· Mr. Junijan Gaoshan from United Nations Population Fund
· Ms. Jun Meng from United Nations Development Programme
· Ms. Xinli Guo from United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office
They will participate and raise their voices in various discussions related to SDGs, such as on health, education, gender equality, environment protection and etc.
The Forum programme, list of speakers and supporting documents are available here: http://bit.ly/2gHh2nc.
The Forum will be streamed live on UN WebTV: http://webtv.un.org.
UN System in China
The UN System in China consists of 25 UN funds, programs and specialized agencies resident in China. All UN entities in China work in partnership with governmental and non-governmental organizations at various levels to support the Government to implement its national development objectives as well as Internationally Agreed Development Goals, including the Sustainable Development Goals. UN in China focuses its work on Poverty Reduction and Equitable Development, Improved and Sustainable Environment, and Enhanced Global Engagement.
On October 24, the 71st anniversary of the UN, the UN System in China launched the UN China Imagine 2030 Campaign, with the participation of Olympic champion Mr. Li Xiaopeng. The theme of this campaign is Imagine 2030, which aims to bring more young people’s attention to development as well as SDGs, and calls on them to take actions in implementing SDGs.
For further information, please contact:
Ms. GUO Xinli, UN Communication Assistant
Tel: +8610 8532 0977
Ms. GAO Cuiling, UNFPA Assistant Representative
Tel: +8610 6532 0505
Ms. YAN Wenjing, UN Environment Project Associate
Tel: +8610 8532 0922
Ms. MENG Jun, UNDP Assistant Communications Officer
Tel: +8810 8532 0719