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 'Panda Champions for the Global Goals' as part of a global naming campaign for the pandas.
You can get involved to by visiting pandas.undp.org
COMPETITION NOW CLOSED- Names to be announced in September
How are the pandas connected to UNDP?
“These pandas symbolize the plight of the world’s diminishing wildlife in the face of climate change and the loss of natural habitats. Both biodiversity and healthy ecosystems are essential for improving and sustaining human wellbeing” UNDP Administrator Helen Clark.
In fact, addressing the loss of biodiversity is one of the Sustainable Development Goals.
We hope the pandas will help inspire people to engage with the goals, and raise awareness of UNDP's efforts to promote sustainable development around the world.
Demographic changes, overconsumption, and the use of technologies that damage the environment, combined with climate change, are pushing our planet to its limits, and biodiversity losses we are now witnessing are diminishing the potential for sustainable development. UNDP is responding to this challenge by supporting countries to manage their ecosystems and biodiversity and our biodiversity and ecosystems portfolio is the largest in the UN system, covering 132 countries and over 500 projects with US$ 1.5 billion in funding.
Pandas Names Announced: QiQi and DianDian!
UNDP is excited to finally announce the names of UNDP’s Animal Ambassadors for the Sustainable Development Goals at the end of a very successful 9 month global naming campaign.
We received over 5000 submissions from over 116 countries around the world to help name the panda cubs, and help raise awareness of the SDGs.
We had so many fantastic, creative and meaningful submissions for naming our pandas, but we had to choose just two.
And so it is with great pleasure to reveal the names of our Panda Ambassadors:
QiQi & DianDian
QiQi means Inspiration and Diandian means enlightenment. Together, “Qidian” means the starting point of a new future: the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals
The names were announced during the China Social Good Summit 2016 by Lao Lang and Yuan ShanShan.
Film star Michelle Yeoh kicks off UNDP’s panda cub-naming competition to promote Global Goals
Award-winning global movie star and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Michelle Yeoh, visited the panda base to highlight the importance of the initiative and promote the competition worldwide.
“I have joined forces with these two adorable, fuzzy panda babies to get the public interested and engaged in supporting the Global Goals—because who doesn’t love pandas? Protecting their future and our shared wildlife is a responsibility for us all,” said Yeoh during her visit with her fellow UNDP ambassadors at the Chengdu Panda Base. “Our aim is to show that each and every one of us can play an active part in reaching a globally shared vision of a future without poverty, inequality or climate change.”
UNDP China National Goodwill Ambassador, actress Zhou Xun traveled to the Chengdu Panda Base to meet with her newest fellow UNDP Ambassadors, the UNDP Animal Ambassadors for the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs), the Qing He panda twins. Zhou Xun lent her support to the current UNDP Global Panda Naming Campaign and Search for Panda Champions for the Global Goals, as well as calling for awareness and action on the SDGs.
Currently the campaign has had over 900 submissions for name suggestions and applications to become a Panda Champion for the Global Goals. Submissions have been coming in from all over the world including Hawaii, Belarus, Philippines, Denmark, Australia, Scotland and China. Amongst the many name suggestions so far are和和(He He)and平平(Ping Ping) (和平means Peace), Pan-ki-moon, Ozone and Beam, 大使(Da Shi, Ambassador) and 联合(Lian He, United).
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 ‘Panda Champions for the Global Goals’. 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.
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.
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.