Leading global technology company OPPO announced that it has entered into a year-long partnership with the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) to engage young social entrepreneurs to join efforts to address social sustainability issues through innovation. Through the initiative, OPPO will help young entrepreneurs develop their ideas and support them in playing a more influential role in the UN (United Nations) 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
William Liu, Vice President and President of Global Marketing at OPPO, said, “Today, young people are no longer just spectators to the ever-changing world around them. Instead, they are eager to channel their passion and creativity to create a better world. At OPPO, our brand mission is to create ‘Technology for Mankind, Kindness for the World’, and we are honored to work with the UNDP to support the young generation in addressing the most urgent global issues we are facing. We believe that the talent of young people will offer brand new solutions for sustainable development that will ultimately benefit people around the world for generations to come.”
As one of the first programs in the partnership, OPPO supported the UNDP with the 2021 National Dialogue China, which was held online from August 23 to 27. The National Dialogue China is part of the Youth Co:Lab, the largest youth social entrepreneurship movement in Asia and the Pacific, co-created by the UNDP and its partners. The theme of this year’s Youth Co:Lab is “Climate Action & Accelerating Green Recovery”, and is aimed at encouraging young people to make full use of digital skills to tackle climate issues through the use of innovative, inclusive and sustainable solutions.
As a partner of the 2021 National Dialogue China, OPPO not only provided its expert guidance and training in media production and digital marketing, but also offered approximately US$46,000 in OPPO Innovation Grants to the eight winning teams in the National Dialogue. The outstanding entrepreneurial projects selected through the 2021 National Dialogue China will be eligible for the 2022 Youth Co:Lab, where winners will meet with other young entrepreneurs from more than 20 other countries and regions to discuss how young people can help achieve sustainable development goals through social innovation and entrepreneurship. Moving forward, OPPO will continue to support youth entrepreneurship projects addressing climate issues through the Innovation Incubation Camp.
OPPO has long believed in the power of the young generation and has a strong history of supporting young people achieve their ambitions. Since 2019, OPPO’s global Emerging Artists Program, Renovators, has been held annually to support young artists showcase their creative skills and views on social issues through the fusion of technology and art.
As a UNDP Asia Pacific Youth Empowerment Alliance partner, OPPO hopes to strengthen its cooperation with the UNDP in the future to further empower the young generation as they work to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals together.