Development and Humanity” China-Africa event launched in Beijing

13 May 2013

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The “Development and Humanity” International Cooperation Seminar kicked off in Beijing on 13 May. Co-organised by the Ministry of Commerce, the China Academy of Governance and the Red Cross Society of China, the event lasts for three days in Beijing before embarking on a field visit to Sichuan. The seminar aims to build a high-level international platform for knowledge sharing between the twin fields of development and humanitarian action, thereby fostering stronger global partnerships on integrated development and humanitarian aid in developing countries. It is a key Government of China initiative in furthering China’s support to developing countries under its framework of South-South Cooperation. Participants included ministerial level delegates from six African countries and from various Chinese government departments, high-level officials from the International Federation of the Red Cross, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the UK Department for International Development, and representatives from China’s private sector.

Ms. Renata Dessallien, UNDP Resident Representative in China, delivered a speech at the opening ceremony. She stressed the deep linkages between development and humanitarian work and expressed hope that the two would have “a long and happy marriage”.  Ms. Dessallien also commended the efforts of China’s civil society in both fields. UN Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Bureau for Development Policy Mr. Olav Kjørven addressed the seminar via video teleconference to discuss sustainable development in the post-MDG setting. He encouraged participants to be engaged in shaping the post-2015 development framework.