SDG13: climate change is the goal I am passionate about the most. Hazy weather is very serious in China, especially in Beijing which is where I live.
Zheng's time at UNGA in 2015
Zheng took the stage at Social Good Summit with two fellow child delegates and Carolyn Miles, CEO Save the Children US. Zheng highlighted climate change as the Global Goal he supports and spoke passionately on how that affects him and children around the world. He also participated in a live Facebook chat along with her fellow delegates.
Zheng, along with three other child delegates, and youths from UNICEF, got to sit on a panel with Amina J Mohamed, the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning and Helen Clark, Head of UNDP. They asked the UN heads questions regarding the new Global Goals and got to relate their own stories, making it an empowering session.
Zheng's thoughts on SDGs
It’s now been a year since you came to New York and participated in the United Nations General Assembly where the 17 Sustainable Development Goals were adopted. How have the activities and events you participated in changed your life in any way?
It changed my life in so many ways. Participation in the General Assembly raised my awareness of the problems surrounding us. Not just the Climate problem I cared about so much last year, but also other Sustainable Development Goals. It also aware me of the responsibility that our generation is having now.
Did your experience in New York make you more aware of any particular important development issues and possible solutions that you weren’t aware of before?
Yes, I realized the importance of other problems such as lack of education for children in rural areas and I did take it into action. Six months ago I organized a social activity that helps marginalized children in the outskirt of Beijing. I went with 20 of my classmates there to subsidize children that cannot afford to go to school. We provided them with what they need to go to schools, and motivated their aspire of learning. We feel so happy and proud of ourselves that we’re able to help those marginalized children to have a better access to education, which is set in the SDG 4 for every child.
One year on, how do you think the Sustainable Development Goals have helped your country and community? Alternatively, if you don’t think they have helped, why do you think they haven’t made a difference?
I think it helped our country and our community to realize the importance of sustainable development and care more about it. In that case, people in our community are getting more aware of the necessity to protect the environment, which actually leads to more blue sky in this year. So it affect our country and my life a lot.
What is the one thing you want your government to do to make life better for the children in your country?
I think the government is trying their best to deal with all the problems, but I think they should try even harder to deal with pollution and contaminations because they are still pretty big problems and rules are still not strict enough.
How have you kept in touch with the other children / youth delegates who came to New York?
What advice you would like to give to other children / youth delegates who will be travelling to New York for the United Nations General Assembly this year?
Keep calm and change the world