UNDP Animal Ambassadors for The Sustainable Development Goals

On January 17th in Chengdu, China, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) designated two pandas to officially become UNDP’s first-ever Animal Ambassadors for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and also began a global search for 'UNDP Panda Envoys' as part of a global naming campaign for the pandas.

You can get involved to by visiting www.sdgpanda.org

January 2016

On January 17, 2016, UNDP and the Chengdu Panda Base officially launched the Global Naming for ‘UNDP Animal Ambassadors for SDGs’ and Global Search for ‘UNDP Panda Envoys’. This activity aimed to further promote the protection of endangered wild animals across the world, and raise awareness of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

October 2015

On October 24, 2015, we celebrated the United Nations 70th anniversary at the Panda Base. UNDP and the panda base jointly organized “Discovering Twin Cubs-Global Event" to Promote Conservation Awareness of Giant Pandas in Chengdu. Patrick Haverman UNDP Deputy Country director announced Qing He’s twin cubs as global ambassadors for UNDP.

September 2015

On September 24, 2015, the Giant pandas joined in the international call to action for the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the Chengdu Panda Base. Giant panda KeLin’s three-month old twin girls helped raise awareness of Goal 7-Affordable and Clean Energy, a goal of wide domestic and international concern.

How To Enter

  • Naming Campaign

    Participants can visit the global SDG Panda website and suggest an innovative name for UNDP’s first Animal Ambassadors for the SDGs - twin cubs of Qing He Giant Panda, bestowed to UNDP by the Chengdu Panda Base. Shortlisted names will be announced on May 22, with the public having the opportunity to vote for their favourite name on social media. more

  • Search For UNDP Panda Envoy

    Members of the public are encouraged to visit one of the worldwide participating zoos to take a selfie video with the giant pandas. Participants should tell us the Sustainable Development Goals most important to them and why they should be chosen to become 'UNDP Panda envoys.' Videos should be uploaded to the global SDG panda website. On May, 17 winning entrants will be selected to visit the Chengdu Panda base in July. more

Campaign Launch January 17 2016
Naming Campaign
Launch of UNDP Animal Ambassador for the SDGs Naming Campaign in Chengdu, China
Naming Campaign
How to Enter


1. Visit SDG Panda Website

2. Input name suggestion, email address and reason behind the name suggestion

3. Find out the shortlisted names on May 22- International Day for Biodiversity. 

4. In June help vote for the best names on social media


Link to SDG, United Nations or China


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Search For UNDP Panda Envoys
How to Enter


1. Visit SDG Panda Website to find out participating Zoos

2. Visit the Giant Pandas and pick which SDG is most important to you

3. Take a short Selfie Video to tell us about your chosen goal and why

4. Remember to tell us your name and where you are from in the video!

5. Upload the video to the SDG Panda website

6. Share on social media to tell the world about the SDGs #SDGPanda

7. Winners will be chosen on May 17 and invited to Chengdu in July 


Good luck!

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