Co-organized by UNOSSC and Phoenix TV Odyssey of the Dragon
- When: Wednesday, 12 August, 8am NY Time; 8pm Beijing Time
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UNOSSC shares this webinar with you on the occasion of International Youth Day on 12 August 2020 which is themed “Youth Engagement for Global Action”. This day seeks to highlight the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes, as well as draw lessons on how their representation and engagement in formal institutional politics can be significantly enhanced.
Acceleration is needed to ensure we meet the 2030 deadline in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with only ten years to go. Everyone can play a role in the SDG decade of action, especially the passionate, innovative, and entrepreneurial young leaders who have demonstrated their capacities and commitment to make the world a more inclusive and sustainable place. It is in this context that this discussion is being organized to provide young people a platform for sharing their ideas and experience on how innovation and social entrepreneurship can accelerate the attainment of SDGs in the coming decade.
The outcome document of the second High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40)( A/RES/73/291) in 2019, highlighted and recognized the role South-South and triangular cooperation plays in capacity building, strengthening human resources and leveraging education and human development to create employment opportunities, particularly in the areas of science technology, innovation, and technical and vocational education.
UNOSSC launched “Youth4South” in 2017 an umbrella facility which aims at facilitating capacity development for established youth leaders from developing countries so they can learn and adapt South-South and triangular cooperation knowledge and tools in scaling up Southern development solutions to bring sustainable development to their home country and local communities. Key Youth4South partners include the Zayed International Foundation for the Environment, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Finance Center for South-South Cooperation (FCSSC), World Food Programme (WFP) Centre of Excellence China, Office of Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth and China Institute for South-South Cooperation in Agriculture (CISSCA).
This dialogue aims to promote discussion and exchanges for: 1) advancement of youth innovation and entrepreneurship for achieving SDGs with the impact of COVID-19 outbreak; and 2) the role of South-South and Triangular Cooperation in youth innovation and entrepreneurship. International and Chinese entrepreneurs will present their initiatives, journey, and reflect on these points. Top submissions through the Tencent Go Platform will also present.
Moderator: Ms. Xiaojun Grace Wang, Deputy Director, UNOSSC
- Jorge Chediek, Director of UNOSSC and Envoy to the SG on SSC (Opening remarks)
- Diandian Liu, Deputy Director, Phoenix TV Chinese Channel (Opening remarks through video message)
- Lang Lang, Pianist (Video Message)
- Huohong Yuan, Deputy Executive Director, Shenzhen Federation of Youth Entrepreneurship Promotion; Founder and CEO of Shenzhen Bliss Mall Technology Co., Ltd.
- Cyril Alexis Otabil, Founder, You Must Know (YMK) initiative
- Chang Zhao, Founder, Remake Hub
- Bicheng Han, Founder and CEO of BrainCo and PhD, Harvard University
- Presentation of three online submissions by youth representatives
- Zheng Haoran, Youth Leadership Officer, UNFPA China Country Office
Followed by Q&A and Closing Remarks
Note: To ensure the best visual impact and flow, the webinar was pre-recorded on Friday, 10 July. The recording has been edited into a video knowledge product in both Chinese and English languages. The Chinese version is broadcast on Tencent Youth official website, Wechat mini program, Tencent Video (replayable) on 8 August. Phoenix TV Odyssey of the Dragon provided media support to the English version