Sustainable development project targeting youth launches in Beijing

By Zhu Bochen
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Delegates of CICETE, UNV, CSCLF, and UNDP (from left to right) attended the launch ceremony of the demonstration project on Thursday, June 20. [Photo courtesy of CSCLF]

Chinese government agencies, NGOs, and UN bodies are collaborating on a demonstration project with the aim of promoting youth participation in sustainable development and contributing to the building of a "Community with a Shared Future for Mankind."

Launched in Beijing on Thursday, June 20, the project will see a collective effort in innovation-driven development for Chinese youth in the aspects of education, technology as well as volunteerism.

Parties initiating this project include the UN Development Program (UNDP), UN Volunteers (UNV), China Soong Ching Ling Foundation (CSCLF), and the China International Center for Economic and Technical Exchanges (CICETE) of the Ministry of Commerce.

During the launch ceremony, Hang Yuanxiang, executive vice chairman of the CSCLF, made remarks on the role that sustainable development plays in promoting multilateral cooperation to address global issues. Hang also hoped the project would develop as an international platform for the younger generation around the world to promote communication and mutual learning.

In addition, the project also demonstrates China's commitment to moving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) "from paper to practice". Olivier Adam, executive coordinator of the UNV, also spoke on the rich history of the values of volunteering, solidarity, inclusion, community service and compassion in China.

"Confucianism teaches us to improve yourself when you are poor and commit to improving the world's welfare when you are rich. In Taoist belief, people should live in harmony with the natural world," he said.

In addition, Zhang Yi, deputy director general of the CICETE, also noted that the intention of the project is "to increase the awareness of sustainable development among the younger generation and to establish an SDG-friendly environment that incorporates schools into society."

During a meeting with the delegations of UN bodies before the launch ceremony, Wang Jiarui, chairman of CSCLF, spoke on the improved cooperation between the two sides. "The launch of this project marks an important step forward in our collaboration," Wang said.

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