Popular Chinese teenage singer promotes quality education at UN forum
2017-02-01 19:58:15 CRIENGLISH.com

Wang Yuan, a member of China¡¯s well-known teenage boy band TFBOYS, attends the 6th UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum at the UN headquarters in New York between Jan 30 to Jan 31, 2017. [CRIENGLISH.com/Qian Shanming]

Wang Yuan, a member of China¡¯s well-known teenage boy band TFBOYS, has delivered a keynote speech at the 6th UN Economic and Social Council Youth Forum at the UN headquarters in New York.

In his speech, Wang says he hopes every young person in the world, regardless of their gender and race, could have access to good quality education by 2030.

Listen to a full report from CRI UN correspondent Qian Shanming

Click to listen to his full speech or read a transcript below.

 

Dear Excellences, friends and colleagues

First, I would like to thank all speakers and panellists for the enlightening speeches.

My name is Roy Wang, I am a young singer and actor from China. The country that hosts 278 million young people, as the second largest youth population in the world.

Until yesterday, I only saw the UN building on TV, so this is the very first time that I am honored to participate in the Youth Forum to raise my voice. I am grateful for this unique opportunity.

I was fortunate to work with the United Nations China subgroup on Youth to advocate for the ¡®Imagine 2030¡¯ campaign, which aims at encouraging the young generation in China to reflect and think about the world we want to see in 2030, the year the Sustainable Development Goals are expected to be achieved. This campaign meaningfully engaged a large number of young people, including millions of left-behind children and other marginalized young people, and provided them with an opportunity to express their views and share their imagination to inspire our world.

I submitted a cartoon drawing project. My passion for 2030 is that every young person, regardless of their gender and race can access good quality education, girls have the same potential to achieve amazing things as boys.

With the support from many young people across the country, the campaign, which has been running for a few months since October 2016, recorded over 500 million views online. Inspired by the campaign, understanding SDGs has become a fashion among the young people.

Dear Excellences, friends and colleagues

Taking this opportunity, both as a leader and a young person myself, I want to reassure you of Chinese young people¡¯s motivation to advance and realize the SDGs, wherever we are.

I truly believe that our youth power can influence the world we live in, and hope that our determination can make a difference.

Thank you very much.

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