The launch event workshop of the Humanitarian and Sustainable Development Global Online Academy 2020 program kicked off on June 30, 2020, in responding to the need for combating COVID-19. The workshop is entitled “COVID-19 Response and Sustainable Future of Global Risk Governance.” The experts from Beijing Normal University, World Health Organization, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent, International Red Cross Academy, Beijing Peaceland Foundation, Central China Normal University, and China Global Philanthropy Institute have jointly participated in the program.
HDI program was initially developed by the School of Social Development and Public Policy, the Innovation Center for Risk Governance (ICRG) at Beijing Normal University (BNU). The program was targeted to increase youth awareness and understanding of sustainable developments and humanitarian for the future path to achieve the SDGs set by the United Nations since 2018.
With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the HDI program was upgraded to HDI online program (HDI GOA) regarding the national strategy, which calls for opening up and expanding the cooperation with the rest of the world. HDI-GOA program is jointly organized by Beijing Normal University (BNU), World Health Organization (WHO), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC), International Red Cross Academy, Beijing Peaceland Foundation, Central China Normal University, and China Global Philanthropy Institute. Moreover, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), United Nations Volunteers (UNV), China International Center for Economic and Technical Exchange (CICETE), International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), China NGO Center for Disaster Risk Reduction (CNCDRR) and University Social Responsibility Network (USRN) also support the program.
HDI-GOA program not only intends to inspire the learning of humanitarian and sustainable development for the young generation but also stimulates them to develop an innovative approach of different ways of working, learning, and connecting in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. HDI-GOA program also considers the young generation to be the potential innovators and practitioners to improve a better understanding of community resilience and compound disaster in the uncertain future. In 2020, the HDI-GOA program will progress through the following three phases: learn in community, plan for the community, and serve my community. The program works with WHO, IFRC, UNDP, and other UN agencies, international organizations, universities to provide a series of online courses and promote the learning sources among vast students in the University Social Responsible Network (USRN) and other networks. It will also provide some different online webinars and roundtables for specific topics and courses to encourage the learners to look for an innovative approach for the community. The outstanding learners will win the precious chances of internship at the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Federation and Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
(Source: Beijing Normal University)