Pandas4GlobalGoals Contest

Panda global goals

In January 2016, we teamed up with the Chengdu Panda Base in China to announce two panda cubs as UNDP’s first-ever global Animal Ambassadors for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – also known as the Global Goals. As part of the global campaign, UNDP and the Chengdu Panda Base are working with zoos around the world on a global contest that aims to engage the public with our pandas.

The contest has two parts:

  • Part I is asking the public’s help in naming the two Animal Ambassadors by simply entering suggestions in the online form on the website.

  • Part II is inviting participants to submit a short selfie video explaining which of the new goals are important to them and why. The 17 winners, become our Panda Champions that get the chance to visit the Chengdu Panda Base to learn more about the SDGs and meet the Pandas.

Pandas are an endangered species adored around the world. They are also a powerful symbol of the plight of the world’s vanishing wildlife due to the destruction, degradation and loss of natural habitats. The contest offers a fun and innovative way to spread the messages of the Global Goals and invite people to take part in UNDP’s work on climate action, sustainable development, protection of biodiversity and stopping of illegal wildlife trade.



  • June 13 - July 13, 2016: Heavy promotion of the campaign on all social media channels.

  • July 13, 2016: The contest closes for all entries.

  • July 23 - 24: Helen Clark announces the winning panda names (Part I of the contest) during her visit in Chengdu, China.

  • August 10: The 17 Panda Champions (Part II of the contest) are announced and contacted.

  • September TBD: 17 Panda Champions embark on trip to China to learn about the Global Goals and meet the Panda Ambassadors at Chengdu Panda Base.



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