Frequently Asked Questions

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The contest

How will the judges choose?

A panel of judges will choose the winning name submissions from a shortlist of eligible submissions. To select the 17 Panda Champions, the panel will assess a shortlist of eligible video submissions based on the following criteria:

Criteria Weight
Originality 20 %
Creativity 20 %
Style 20 %
Effectiveness in promoting the Sustainable Development Goals 40 %

What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

The Sustainable Development Goals, otherwise known as the Global Goals, build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets that the world committed to achieving by 2015. The MDGs, adopted in 2000, aimed at an array of issues that included slashing poverty, hunger, disease, gender inequality, and access to water and sanitation. Enormous progress has been made on the MDGs, showing the value of a unifying agenda underpinned by goals and targets. Despite this success, the indignity of poverty has not been ended for all.

The new SDGs, and the broader sustainability agenda, go much further than the MDGs, addressing the root causes of poverty and the universal need for development that works for all people.

You can find out all about the Global Goals here.

How will I know if I have won?

On Monday, 19 September, UNDP Goodwill Ambassador and award-winning actor Michelle Yeoh announced our twin pandas’ names live at the 2016 Social Good Summit. To find out the names of UNDP's Panda Ambassadors, click here.

The 17 winning Panda Champion entrants will be determined in October 2016. Winners will be contacted via the email address they provided when entering the competition. Be sure to check out the full contest terms and conditions.

What is a Panda Champion?

17 winners of the video contest – one to represent each of the 17 Global Goals, will be invited to Chengdu Panda Base in China to attend an event to highlight and draw attention to the Goals, helping to spread the message worldwide about this ambitious and unprecedented agenda to address the root causes of poverty and the universal need for development that works for all people.