Film star Michelle Yeoh kicks off UNDP’s panda cub-naming competition to promote Global Goals
May 31, 2016, Chengdu
Award-winning global movie star and United Nations Development
Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador Michelle Yeoh has teamed up with UNDP’s
first-ever Animal Ambassadors, two panda cubs, to kick off the campaign.
The highlight of the initiative is a worldwide competition with a
once-in-a-lifetime prize: the opportunity to name the two rare baby pandas.
The panda cubs were born last year at the Chengdu Panda Base,
just as the world adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — also
known as the Global Goals — a bold new agenda aimed at eradicating poverty and
tackling the world’s most pressing challenges by 2030. The cubs have been
appointed UNDP’s Animal Ambassadors to help raise awareness of the new goals
for the world.
“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 Administrator Helen Clark added: “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.”
“Addressing the loss of biodiversity is one of the Sustainable Development Goals. By getting involved in the fun of naming the pandas, the public are also getting involved in the serious work of realizing the goals. We hope the pandas will help inspire people to become aware of these goals, engage with them, and help to implement them in their own country,” Clark said.
The public can nominate names by visiting pandas.undp.org. The winning names will be announced in Chengdu on July 23.
Entrants can also win a trip to see the pandas by picking their favourite of the 17 Global Goals and uploading a creative video explaining the Goal, and why it matters. Full details on how to enter, as well as the competition’s terms and conditions, are listed on the site.
The competition is being held in association with dozens of zoos around the world, many of which have their own pandas, including in Australia, in Canada, in France, and in Japan, in the UK, in the US.
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