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United Nations reported Enactus Youth Ideation Forum on 2030 SDG

发布时间:2017/6/9 15:48:24

Youth Ideation Forum on 2030 Agenda

held in Beijing as part of the

2017 China Enactus Social Innovation Competition

"Enactus students are developing a strong awareness of, and responsibility for their society and environment. By embarking on the social innovation projects through the Enactus program these university students are well on their way to contributing to the achievement of the Global Goals by 2030." 

---- Kate Taylor, UNOPS

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.

Guangdong Pharmaceutical University receiving the Trophy for becoming the Enactus China"s National Champion.

Guangdong Pharmaceutical University will represent China at the Enactus World Cup in London on September 26-28 where they will compete with teams from the 35 other Enactus participating countries.

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

Corporate representatives from companies such as Bayer, Thermo Fisher Scientific, ADM, United Technologies, Praxair, Metro, and Unilever shared best practices, and then all participants discussed ways in which specific actions could be taken to address the SDG at their table. 

Praxair representative and students discussing SDG #7 - AFFORDABLE & CLEAN ENERGY

After the discussion, student representatives from each table shared specific actions that individuals, student innovation projects and enterprises can take. 

Student representative of SDG #7 Clean Energy suggested that, "We can cycle and take public transportation more instead of driving cars. We can use solar-powered water heaters and turn down the temperature of air conditioners in the summer. Enactus students can promote energy-saving products, and enterprises should explore new energy and technology."

Ms. Taylor shared some concrete examples of how young men and women are already making major contributions to achieving the 2030 goals.

"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."

The Ideation Forum in China was an extension of Enactus" previous involvement with the UN Department of Public Information in promoting the 2030 Agenda.

At last year"s Enactus World Cup in Toronto, Mr. Aaron Sherinian, Chief Communication Officer of the UN Foundation, shared his insight with the Enactus students at an SDG Ideation Forum

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



Photos courtesy of Enactus China