Hong Kong, China / Hiroshima, Japan – The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and ITS Education Asia will jointly launch the UNITAR Youth Ambassador Program for Asia-Pacific in Hong Kong and other towns of China. 10-week program empowers high school students to help our world rebuild better, greener and stronger since the recent pandemic that swept the world. It trains young people in sustainable development and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (ODD).
“Young people are the driving force behind social development and how we act together to advance the SDGs now determines their future, not ours.”
says Mr. Danny Harrington, Managing Director of ITS Education Asia. “We are grateful to UNITAR for recognizing our unwavering commitment to education for sustainable development and the promotion of global citizenship among young leaders in Hong Kong, China and throughout the Asia-Pacific region. “
“Our engagement with UpLink, the World Economic Forum’s platform to mobilize innovation to advance the SDGs, has made it clear that young people are impatient to create systemic change, ”
says Mr. Kenneth Kwok, Founder and CEO of Global Citizen Capital and KIDsforSDGs. “This Youth Ambassador program will be one where young people can co-design the framework and co-organize the content for their future.”
“We are delighted to collaborate with ITS Education Asia and expand education for sustainable development through innovation”,
The UNITAR Youth Ambassador for Asia-Pacific program will debut in Hong Kong in September 2021 with the support of 20 official partner schools. It will be expanded to various cities in China in 2022, followed by other Asia-Pacific countries in 2023.
About ITS Education Asia
ITS Education Asia has built an ecosystem of learning opportunities and educational services in Hong Kong, including: a one-of-a-kind alternative school for students whose traditional system has failed; an open examination center; a wide range of admission support for schools and universities; and a range of extracurricular partnerships. ITS has a history of innovation: it is still the only alternative school in Hong Kong, and launched SDG Education in 2020. The Young Changemaker Incubator is at the heart of the ITS ecosystem and will continue to grow by adding related components. such as WFUNA and Cours UNITAR through its non-profit foundation and working with aligned organizations such KIDsforSDGs.
The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) provides innovative learning solutions to individuals, organizations and institutions to strengthen global and national action for a better future. Based in Hiroshima, the Prosperity Division trains present and future change makers in developing countries, especially young people and women, so they can shape a more inclusive, sustainable and prosperous world.