On September 25, 2015, The United Nations Sustainable Development Summit was held in New York headquarter, in which 193 UN member states formally adopted 17 UN sustainable development goals (SDGs). The SDGs are aimed to address issues in three dimensions, namely, social, economic and environmental development from 2015 to 2030 in an integrated manner and pursue a sustainable path. China Railway Cultural Tourism Group and its subsidiary Guizhou Company are important pilots for state-owned enterprises in implementing the SDGs. Since China Railway International Eco-City started its rocky desertification transformation in 2010, it has become a new type of ecology-friendly town within 10 years. We hope to focus on 17 SDGs indicators as the overall planning direction, attract more young people to southwest China, attract young people to advise on local ecological governance and social development, and apply the concept of sustainable development to the local and global practice. Therefore, Global Youth Ecological Governance and Social Development Summit started off.
On August 8, 2020, an online summit was held successfully, in which China Railway Guizhou Tourism Culture Development Co., Ltd. as initiator, Horizon Program (Institute of Global Development, Tsinghua University) as academic supporting organization, and Social Responsibility Practitioners, China Youth Climate Action Network (CYCAN), YSI China as special cooperation organizations. The theme of summit was Adaptive Ecological Governance and Social Development. We were honor to have the Chairman of China Railway Guizhou Tourism Culture Development Co., Ltd., Executive Director of the International Comprehensive Disaster Risk Plan & former Secretary-General of UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Organization, official from the Ocean Centre of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, member of the Nigerian Environment Society, teachers and students of Tsinghua University, global youth NGO leaders to discuss related issues and advise on the establishment of offline NGO exchange and cooperation platforms worldwide.
As of the evening of August 7, this meeting had a total of 176 participants from 13 countries. The results of the mid-term survey showed that 73% of the audience express “5” interest in Global Youth Sustainable Development Action Plan Camp (Evaluated by 1 to 5 points and the highest level is 5), and 91% of the audience are willing to continue participating if relevant activities will be held in the future.