UN Chief Applauds Chinese Participation in “ The Future We Want” Campaign

Jul 18, 2012

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated the Chinese people for joining hundreds of millions of people around the world in sharing their visions and hopes for the future at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in June, known as Rio+20. His remarks came at a event held today in Beijing recognizing the millions of people in China who participated through social media in a global campaign called “The Future We Want”, which he personally launched in 2011.

Approximately 3 million Chinese people have joined the online conversation to share their visions and to demand action for a better world since the campaign was launched on Sina Weibo in March. A further 232 Chinese people participated in the production of a short public-service film and a commemorative photo album that were presented at today’s event. Entitled “2032: The Future We Want”, both the film and the album contain touching messages from people across China about what they hope the world will be like in twenty years. They also represent one of the first opportunities for Chinese people to share their vision for the future with world leaders when they gathered at Rio+20 in Brazil last month.

The Secretary-General also thanked some of the champions who have provided vital support to the “Future We Want” campaign in China. Among those recognized included leading Chinese actress and UNDP National Goodwill Ambassador, Zhou Xun, who participated in the film, as well as provided funding for its production, award-winning film director Du Jiayi whose inspiration and talent made the film possible and renowned Chinese photographer Xiao Quan who created the compelling images of the 232 film participants as they expressed their hopes about the future. Special thanks were also given to Thomas Shao Zhong, President and Chairman of the Modern Media Group and Li Ning, WFP National Goodwill Ambassador and former Olympic Champion.

A time capsule containing a copy of the short film and a commemorative photo album featuring 100 portrait images of the film participants and their wishes and hopes for 2032 were presented to the Secretary-General by Renata Dessallien, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in China, and will be kept at the UN Headquarters in New York to be re-opened in 20 years.