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UNDP SDG PILOT VILLAGE IN WAIPULA, YUNNAN PROVINCE, CHINA
In July 2017, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) launched its first Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Pilot Village targeting women’s poverty and sustainable development in Yunnan Province, China with support and funding from Mary Kay.
The site selected was Waipula, in Yongren County, Chuxiong Prefecture, Yunnan Province: Waipula is an impoverished village which was listed as a national traditional village protection project in 2016.
The SDG Pilot Village in Waipula is the first-of its-kind pilot program focused on entrepreneurship as a pathway to empowerment.
• The funds provided by Mary Kay for were invested in improvements to the village’s health-care system, cultural preservation efforts and overall business development in the village. Women were encouraged to engage in ecotourism that showcases their unique cultural heritage, such as ethnic Yi embroidery.
The SDG Pilot Village Project is the first village-level initiative to demonstrate how the SDGs can be successfully implemented locally in rural China. From 2017 to 2020, the initiative directly contributed to 12 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
The Women’s Entrepreneurship Accelerator will work with UNDP, UN Women and partners towards scaling this initiative globally in 2022 and beyond.
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