Naming Ceremony of the First Animal Ambassadors of UNDP and the Opening Ceremony of 2016 Panda Art Exhibition World Tour Chengdu Station is Held in Chengdu

2016-09-30

At 16:00 on September 18, 2016, the Naming Ceremony of the First Animal Ambassadors of UNDP and the Opening Ceremony of 2016 Panda Art Exhibition World Tour Chengdu Station was officially held at the New Hall of Chengdu Museum. The names of “first animal ambassadors of UNDP” were released simultaneously by Michelle Yeoh, the UNDP Global Goodwill Ambassador; Yuan Shanshan, the “UNDP Panda Celebrity Envoy”, “Chengdu Panda Ambassador” and activity endorser, and Lao Lang, a well-known singer; Niels Knudsen, the Assistant Country Director of UNDP China, in New York, USA, Beijing and Chengdu, China on September 18 (Beijing time).

 

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At the ceremony

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At the ceremony

 

 
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Ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Art Exhibition
 
The leaders who attended the ceremony delivered speeches to express support of all individuals at national, provincial and municipal levels for the pandas in Chengdu, and simultaneously wished for the success of the Chengdu Giant Panda Art Exhibition. Mr. Liu Hongbao, Vice Mayor of Chengdu Municipal Government welcomed all guests attending this activity, and stated that Chengdu Municipal Party Committee and Government have attached great importance to the cultural brand building of panda, and focused on building a national central city and a world cultural city. He thanked the United Nations and other international organizations for their attention and support. Mr. Zhang Xiwu, the Director of State Forestry Administration Protection Division, expressed thanks to UNDP for its initiatives of appointing two Chinese national treasure pandas as “Animal Ambassadors of UNDP” to promote panda conservation to the people of the world. Mr. Liu Bing, the Deputy Director of Sichuan Provincial Forestry Department, said that the protection of the environment, and the harmonious relations between human beings and nature are inseparable. The panda is not only a national treasure of China, but also a symbol of conservation around the world. The UNDP can play a unique and important role in leading the global natural conservation and constructing ecological civilization.
 
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Hall-opening ceremony
 
Subsequently, Mr. Niels Knudsen, Assistant Country Director of UNDP China, announced that the first animal ambassadors of UNDP were named Qiqi and Diandian, The two names are not only a symbol of a new starting point for 17 sustainable development goals (SDG) of the United Nations in the course of global promotion, but also refer to a new starting point for UNDP to cooperate with Chengdu City and Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. The names of the animal ambassadors were released simultaneously by Michelle Yeoh, Yuan Shanshan, Lao Lang at the New York Forum and China Beijing Forum of Social Good Summit 2016 held that day. On the scene of naming activity in Chengdu, Yuan Shanshan conveyed, through video, the congratulations to the animal ambassadors and Chengdu people.
 
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Opening Ceremony of “2016 Panda Art Exhibition World Tour Chengdu Station”
 
After the naming ceremony, leaders and guests attending the ceremony watched the movie of “2016 Panda Art Exhibition World Tour”, which showed visitors the openings of the art exhibition at different venue. The guests also felt the love of giant pandas by people around the globe through this extraordinary art exhibition.。
 
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Opening Ceremony of “2016 Panda Art Exhibition World Tour Chengdu Station”
 
Finally, Mr. Liu Hongbao, Vice Mayor of Chengdu People's Government declared that “2016 Panda Art Exhibition World Tour Chengdu Station" was kicked off, and the leaders and guests attending conducted the ribbon-cutting for this art exhibition.
After the opening ceremony, Mr. Yang Zhongcheng, the President of the China Zoo Association, and Li Qingwen, the deputy secretary general of the China Wildlife Conservation Association, performed a simple but solemn hall-opening ceremony outside the hall of Art Exhibition of Giant Panda, launching a wonderful journey of panda art.
 
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Opening Ceremony of “2016 Panda Art Exhibition World Tour Chengdu Station”
 
The reporters from more than 60 domestic mainstream media, likely, CCTV, Xinhua News Agency, China News Agency, China Daily, People's Daily, Sichuan TV, Chengdu TV, Sichuan Daily, West China City Daily, Chengdu Daily, Chengdu Business Daily, and Chengdu Evening News etc., attended this activity and made live coverage or live reporting.

 

For more information, please access to the official website of “Global Naming Campaign for First Animal Ambassadors of UNDP” and “Global Search for UNDP Pambassadors”:

Link of the Official Website:www.sdgpanda.org    

Or access to the official website of Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding:http://www.panda.org.cn

 

 

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