• On 10 May 2024, UNITAR and IC Education signed a letter of agreement to collaborate to implement a youth leadership training programme for young people in China.
  • The programme aims to train Chinese high school students to deepen their understanding of current global issues and improve their leadership skills to propose solutions for the SDGs.
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10 June 2024, Shanghai, China – On 10 May 2024, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and IC Education signed a letter of agreement to jointly implement a youth leadership programme for high school students in China. The programme will aim to deepen the participants’ understanding of current global issues, the United Nations 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to cultivate their leadership skills to support social and economic development for a sustainable and prosperous future.

During their recent exchange in Shanghai, China, Michael Adalla, programme specialist of the UNITAR Division for Prosperity, and Frank Chen, Chair of IC Education, discussed the role of this partnership in supporting youth development and motivating youth worldwide to participate in implementing the SDGs.

The partnership plans to offer a comprehensive training programme in two parts: an introductory online learning phase, followed by a week of in-person interactive learning in Geneva. The goal is to provide youth from China with essential foundational knowledge and skills related to the SDGs. By the conclusion of the programme, each participant will have developed and presented a project idea aimed at advancing the SDGs and gained a valuable learning experience.

About the Project


In the programme, the participants will explore SDGs, providing students with an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of actions that contribute to the SDGs. Each participant will engage in various events, including interactive workshops, knowledge-sharing sessions and collaborative group activities, which will foster a deeper understanding of global challenges and potential solutions.

This immersive programme will concentrate on three components:

  1. Learning about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs
  2. Enhancing research design, project development skills, and presentation skills
  3. Exchanging knowledge and engaging cooperatively with peers from China and other countries, academics and experts


The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is a dedicated training arm of the United Nations. In 2022, UNITAR trained over 395,000 learners around the world to support their actions for a better future. UNITAR has a global presence, with offices in Geneva, Hiroshima, New York and Bonn and networks around the world.

UNITAR Division for Prosperity supports youth and women in particular to address growing inequalities. We work in solidarity with diverse partners at the local, regional and global levels to propel the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals and achieve an inclusive, sustainable and prosperous world.

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