UNOSSC GSSD Expo 2017
UNOSSC GSSD Expo 2017 (Hong Kong, 7 December) The Hong Kong Association United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization organized the ESD Learning Programme where participants create sustainable projects regarding their chosen theme. Eight St. Paul’s Convent School students won the champion in the theme of sustainable tourism with their project “Discover Hong Kong”. Their project involved a designed route in the Central District promoting the local culture of Hong Kong such as herbal tea, traditional snacks and threading, taking tourists through places like the PMQ, Tai Cheong Bakery and many authentic small shops. They were then invited by Dr. Yeung, the Associate Vice President of UNESCO HK to join the Global South-South Development (GSSD) Expo 2017 in Antalya, Turkey.
The GSSD Expo, as a platform for systematic showcasing of development solutions at the global and regional levels, showcases successful evidence-based initiatives created by developing countries in the Global South to address development challenges. It provides a powerful platform for development actors to showcase their development solutions, celebrate successes, share knowledge and lessons learned, explore new avenues for collaboration and initiate new partnership efforts. Developing a sustainable development mindset needs to have global exposure with local community issues addressed and local organisational culture considered. Four St. Paul’s Convent School student winners joined the United Nations Office for South South Cooperation (UNOSSC), GSSD Expo, Antalya, Turkey, from 27 to 29 December 2017 with around 300 high level participants from over 90 countries to share their solutions to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs). Guests of honour at the opening ceremony include H.E. Mr. Mevlüt Çavusoglu, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Turkey and Mr. Jorge Chediek, Envoy of the Secretary-General on South-South Cooperation and Director, UNSSO.