China’s Young Migrants Receive Support from MDG Achievement Fund
Following sustained efforts to support the government's implementation of relevant policies designed to protect the interests of migrant workers, a closing symposium was held by the UN System in China on 15-16 December 2011, to celebrate achievements made during a joint three-year programme under the Millennium Development Goal Achievement Fund's Youth, Employment and Migration initiative. With the programme set to conclude in February 2012, over 300 participants from UN agencies, government ministries, academic institutions and civil society organisations, shared their experiences. In total, more than 400,000 rural migrant youth, civil servants and community service providers, have benefited from pre-employment training, access to decent jobs, and safe working conditions. Speaking in her capacity as UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Renata Dessallien said of the project, that over the past three years we have witnessed an impressive array of activities delivered under this very complex joint programme, including research, policy dialogue, registration of migrant children, curricula and training material development, and training and advocacy campaigns. Vice Minister Yang Zhiming, from the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, Ms. Ann Herbert, Director of the International Labour Office for China and Mongolia, and staff from the Embassy of Spain and Ministry of Commerce also attended.