UNOSSC, China youth group launch training program for entrepreneurs in developing countries

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Chen Daixing(Front), a member of the Standing Committee of the Shenzhen Youth Federation from China, speaks during the Youth Climate Summit held at UN headquaters in New York, Sept. 21, 2019. The UN office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and Shenzhen Youth Federation on Saturday jointly launched a program aiming to train 10,000 young entrepreneurs in developing countries, with an emphasis on Africa young people. (Xinhua/Li Muzi)

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) — The UN office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and Shenzhen Youth Federation on Saturday jointly launched a program aiming to train 10,000 young entrepreneurs in developing countries, with an emphasis on Africa young people.

At the Youth Climate Summit held at the UN headquarters, Jorge Chediek, director of UNOSSC, and Chen Daixing, member of the Standing Committee of the Shenzhen Youth Federation from China, made the announcement of 10,000 Youth Entrepreneurs for the South, or YES.

Chediek said YES will address climate action through innovation by supporting young entrepreneurs who are tackling climate change.

In particular, he said the program will support the development and adoption of green and renewable technologies, foster resilience of smallholder entrepreneurs against climate change, and support initiatives that help to reduce carbon emissions.

For his part, Chen said in the past 40 years, young people and entrepreneurs were the main force behind Shenzhen’s fast transformation from a fishing village to a technology center.

He said Shenzhen Youth Federation can mobilize a vast pool of successful Chinese technologies and entrepreneurs to support their African counterparts’ endeavors.

Shenzhen can provide the United Nations with “Chinese wisdom” in its efforts to promote sustainable development, Chen added.

According to Chediek, the YES program will provide “one-stop shop” support to emerging and established youth entrepreneurs from developing countries.

It aims to help train 10,000 youth entrepreneurs in five years with increased knowledge and enhanced skills on entrepreneurship, finance, innovation, and digital technologies, he said, adding that the program plans to support incubating and funding 100 innovative development solutions and business ideas.

YES is the Entrepreneurship pillar developed under the 2017 UNOSSC Youth4South Advanced Youth Leadership Program, which is developed as an umbrella facility that aims to facilitate capacity development for established youth leaders from developing countries to learn and adapt South-South and triangular cooperation knowledge and tools.

Supported by the Finance Center for South-South Cooperation, Youth4South has been working with many Chinese partners including China Institute for South-South Cooperation in Agriculture, Peking University Institute for South-South Cooperation and Development.

Chediek said that UNOSSC and the Shenzhen Youth Federation developed YES with support from the African Union Commission, Economic Community of West African States, and the UN secretary general’s youth envoy office. 

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