[Cancelled]: Youth Triangular Cooperation Academy for Sustainable Development Agenda (YTCA4SDA)

“On behalf of the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), it is with regret that we announce the cancellation of Youth Triangular Cooperation Academy for Sustainable Development Agenda (YTCA4SDA) scheduled for August 7th – 15th, for reasons beyond our control. YTCA4SDA Committee wishes to convey our sincerest apologies to the partners, applicants and speakers engaged for this event. UNOSSC is offering the applicants new and more opportunities on SDGs and SSC in lieu of the competition cancelled.”

Denis Nkala

Regional Coordinator for Asia-Pacific (UNOSSC)

The UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and Shenzhen Haohan Technology Information Ltd have co-developed the “Youth Triangular Cooperation Academy for Sustainable Development Agenda (YTCA4SDA). Each year, YTCA4SDA will provide training focusing on sustainability education and run student competition for the youth from the Global South in Asia-Pacific.

Following training, student participants will develop their own initiatives to tackle a specific problem within the scope of one SDG. Student participants will develop valuable transferable skills through YTCA4SDA’s Project Based Learning (PBL) approach.  The YTC4SDA will be implemented under UNOSSC’s Youth4South Platform.

YTCA4SDA 2020 is now open for application. Applicants must complete the online application form here.

All training provided will be free. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to interact with invited mentors who are renowned professors, industry experts and entrepreneurs who are keen to share their knowledge with the youth population.

Successful applicants who complete the training will also receive an official certificate from UNOSSC. Furthermore, by participating in the YTCA4SDA’s program, participants will develop valuable skills including Collaboration, Data Analysis, Critical Thinking, Project Management, Problem Solving, Leadership and Presentation. These transferable skills will be particularly useful when participants enter the workforce in the future.


  • Participants are from the Southern countries in East Asia, South East Asia, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Pacific, and must be in full-time enrollment in High School or University (Undergraduate Level Only).
  • Passionate about solving the world’s urgent challenges with a creative mindset.
  • Available between 8th Aug 2020 – 15th Aug 2020 for online training, group work and final student competition.
  • Fluent in English and a team player.


26th June: Application open

26th July (23.59 Beijing Time): Application deadline

1st August: Successful participants notified

7th August: Opening Ceremony

8th – 9th August: Online training

10th – 14th August: Online group work (Teams preparing for final competition)

15th August: Final Competition Day

About Youth4South

The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) launched the “Youth for South: Advanced Youth Leadership Programme” with several partners in 2017 with the intention to facilitate capacity development for established youth leaders from developing countries to learn and adapt South-South and triangular cooperation knowledge and tools in scaling up Southern development solutions with the objective of bringing sustainable development to their home countries and local communities.

About Shenzhen Haohan Technology Information Limited

Shenzhen Haohan is an education start-up focusing on developing PBL (Project Based Learning) courses and training for K12 and university students. Shenzhen Haohan’s mission is to empower students with means to solve real-world problems and inspire them to think sustainably, critically, creatively and collaboratively. Shenzhen Haohan was founded by two graduates from the University of Cambridge: Ling Pan & Dr. Amy (Tianjiao) Shang.

Our Partners


AIESEC is a global platform for young people to explore and develop their leadership potential. AIESEC is a non-political, independent, not-for-profit organisation run by students and recent graduates of institutions of higher education. Its members are interested in world issues, leadership and management. AIESEC does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national/social origin.

Cambridge University Entrepreneurs

Cambridge University Entrepreneurs (CUE) hosts one of the most successful student-run business creation competitions in the world. Since 1999, CUE has been supporting and accelerating business innovation and entrepreneurship and providing training for students from University of Cambridge. CUE alumni companies have raised over £250 million of investment.

China Youth of Tomorrow (CYOT)

CYOT is a pioneer social enterprise that aims to serve the ambitious, low-income, first-generation college students (“FGCS”), i.e., students who came from homes where neither of their parents has earned a college degree. As of June 2020, CYOT has over 1200 volunteers in 22 cities throughout China (including Hong Kong and Macau). CYOT’s vision is to “Give EVERY ambitious, low-income first-generation college student a fair chance to realize their dreams”.


Founded in 2015, CIWEI is dedicated to build an inclusive platform for young people around the world to discover and explore a different life experience. By providing cultural exchange programs, international volunteer opportunities, recruiting services as well as online education programs, CIWEI has brought together a resourceful network with over 8 million college students seeking professional development opportunities and landing their dream jobs. More than 40,000 companies are partnering with CIWEI to offer job opportunities and identify aspiring talents. Youth empowerment is the core value we stand for, and we are proud to be dedicated to the leadership and potential of young professionals.

Illume Research

Illume Research’s vision is to educate more teenagers to have scientific thinking and think like a scientist. Founded in 2015 and headquartered in Cambridge (UK), Illume Research aims to enlighten students, helping them to develop critical thinking, research skills, innovation capabilities, and academic leadership skills. Illume Research’s founding team members hail from the world’s top universities, including Cambridge University, Johns Hopkins University, Peking University and University of Science and Technology of China.

Impact Hub Shanghai

Impact Hub is a global network of entrepreneurs & innovators collaborating to solve our world’s greatest challenges and working to bring positive impact. Founded in London in 2005, Impact Hub has grown to a network of 17,000+ members, spread across 100+ cities and 50+ countries. In 2017, Impact Hub Shanghai broke ground in China. Like Impact Hub’s worldwide counterparts, Impact Hub Shanghai runs incubation programs and events, connect members in their co-working space, invest in enterprising and sustainable businesses – all towards the United Nations’ global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Shimmer SDGs Hub

Shimmer SDGs Hub is China ’s first independent school founded by High school students and dedicated to the sustainable development goals of the United Nations. It helps young Chinese students speak to the world and tell Chinese stories to make them grow into A non-profit platform for the new Chinese youths of world citizenship. The main core staff of the team are young students from the top domestic and foreign institutions such as the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, the University of Political Science in Paris, Northwestern University, McGill University, Shenzhen International Exchange School, and Shanghai Middle School. At the same time, the platform received support from the chairman of APEC Future Voice, the secretary general of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance, the World Economic Forum Outstanding Youth, and the Forbes China 30 Under 30 elite.


SRP is a platform set up by youths across the world, who concern about the practice of social responsibilities and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in China. SRP aims to record the stories of individuals, companies as well as civil society organizations that set examples in practicing social responsibilities, increase the awareness of social responsibilities in the general public, and create a network for information exchange and cooperation among all the practitioners and promote China’s implementation of SDGs.

SynTao Academy

Founded in 2015 by SynTao Co., Ltd., SynTao Academy is the very first program in China dedicated to the development of young CSR professionals. Its ambition is to train 10,000 young leaders with business sustainability mindset in 10 years. By that time, SynTao Academy will cultivate the top CSR professional community that can create positive social and business impacts in China.


TusStar, formerly known as Tsinghua Pioneer Park established in 1999, is one of the first batch of national incubators ratified by the Torch Center of the Ministry of Science and Technology. TusStar has established more than 100 incubation bases in China, with an innovative incubation area of nearly 200,000 square meters and an innovation network covering many cities and regions at home and abroad.

Watson Institute

Watson Institute is a reimagined model of education for next-generation innovators, leaders, and entrepreneurs, with locations in Boulder, Colorado, Boca Raton, Florida, and Guatemala City, Guatemala. The Watson Accelerator in Boulder, Colorado was launched in 2013 with the mission to revolutionize higher education by providing young innovators and leaders the entrepreneurial platform to unleash their potential and impact the world. In August 2018, Watson Institute and Lynn University launched a collaborative program at Lynn’s campus in Boca Raton, Florida, where students can earn a one-of-a-kind Bachelor of Science in Social Entrepreneurship from Lynn University.