UNDP Champions for the Global Goals
On 9 January 2017 UNDP announced 17 winners of a global search for world citizens to step up for change and become UNDP Champions for the Global Goals. 15 of the 17 travelled to China to meet UNDP’s first Animal Ambassadors: a pair of panda cubs at Chengdu’s famed Panda Base.

The winners – who come from 15 different countries – were chosen from hundreds of people who submitted videos about their favourite of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These Global Goals are a bold agenda aimed at eradicating poverty and tackling the world’s most pressing challenges by 2030. The 17 winning videos were judged to be the most original, creative and stylish. To watch them, go to www.pandas.undp.org.

Winners travelled from around the world to Chengdu for an official ceremony to appoint them to their new role and to meet the panda cubs, which more than 5,000 people from 116 different nations entered a competition last year to name.

In September last year, UNDP Goodwill Ambassador and award-winning actor Michelle Yeoh officially named them Qiqi and Diandian; together these words mean: “the beginning of a journey”.

The winners also spent time on their visit learning more about the Global Goals as well as visiting with local schoolchildren in their first assignment as Champions.

UNDP’s Panda Champions for Global Goals are: Koral Avella Troncoso of Colombia, Raquel Victoria Díaz Luna of Peru, Sergio Ivan Flores Madrid of Mexico, M'rah Mohamed Djamel Eddine Aboubakr of Algeria, Salma Zaki Nashef of Jordan, Idorenyin Okon Ekpa of Nigeria, Muhammad Usman Khan of Pakistan, Vera Kalinina of Russia, Abinav Bhattachan of the UK, Jerome Pouille of France, Dae Ho Jeong of the Republic of Korea, Mika Komatsu of Japan, See Wan Lau of Hong Kong, Li Zeyi and Hao Xinuo of China, and Madelyn Ruyle and Nancy Robinson Ferguson of the United States.

9-15 January 2017, China.
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