National United Nations Knowledge Contest for College Students - Opening Ceremony
Beijing International Studies University
Mr. Nicholas Rosellini, UN Resident Coordinator in China
6th May 2017
Ambassador Lu Shumin
(President of the United Nations Association of China)
Madam Gu Xiaoyuan
(Party Secretary, Beijing International Studies University)
Distinguished Guests, Faculty, Ladies and Gentleman,
On behalf of the United Nations, it’s a pleasure to be joining you all here today for the Opening Ceremony of this National United Nations Knowledge Contest for College Students.
I would like to start by thanking two groups of people:
One, the United Nations Association of China and Beijing International Studies
University for organizing this wonderful event; and Two all of
the College students who have come to join us today and who will be taking part
in the Contest. By participating in this event, both sharing and developing
your knowledge, you demonstrate your willingness and dedication to building a
better future and society for the people of the world to live in.
Youth have a tremendous role to play in navigating our futures. Making up almost half of the world’s population, and with China hosting the second largest young population in the world, there is no group that has a bigger stake in the direction that this nation and our world takes. By bringing fresh perspectives and innovative ideas, the energy and creativity of our younger generations are instrumental in shaping our institutions to be able to face the new challenges that emerge in the world every day.
Created to help foster peace through dialogue and bring prosperity and freedom to all people, the UN was built on the shoulders of those who believed in a better way of doing things.
It’s therefore always a delight and inspiration to see so many bright young men and women gathered here today and engaging in these kinds of activities.
After all, in not so many years it is going to be you who will be making the decisions that guide our lives; many of you will be diplomats, policy makers, thinkers and doers. Some may even decide to join the UN and may one day be standing in my place. Several of you will head out into the world, helping other nations and the global community.
Today’s event may mark the start to a ‘contest’, but there are no losers. In being here today; in taking part in this event; in following through on those initiatives that set you on your way out the door this morning; and by playing an active role in your futures, we are all winners and I am proud to wish you the best in your efforts.
Good Luck! And Thank you!