UNDP showcased at the 2013 China Charity Fair

23 Sep 2013

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Under the theme “Every Chinese Dream Matters,” UNDP showcased 30 plus years of work in China at the second annual China Charity Fair, the nation’s most widely recognised philanthropy exposition.

The 2013 Fair was organised into eight sections: disaster management and relief; social organisations; cooperation between enterprises; collaboration between international foundations; charitable cities; innovation; interaction; and environmental protection. A global exhibition area was also set up, attracting over 30 major international organisations.

UNDP’s exhibition area showcased its work with Chinese partners, including aid to development areas ranging from Poverty Alleviation to Technical Assistance and, in recent years, South-South Cooperation. UN Volunteers also shared its work, taking the opportunity to encourage Chinese youth to join UNV and dedicate time to development efforts.

UNDP-led seminars on cross-sector cooperation in crisis management and poverty reduction initiatives for ethnic minorities were held alongside the main exhibition. The latter highlighted work in cooperation with the Chinese government, the China Women Development Foundation (CWDF), and Mary Kay, UNDP’s private sector partner, designed to reduce poverty while protecting traditional culture in ethnic minority regions.

As UNDP has been central to the support of Civil Society Organisations in China, representatives also led an expert panel addressing the legal environment and operating mechanisms for philanthropic and social organisations’ development during the Social Good Summit, which ran parallel to the Fair. The panel discussed legislation aimed at streamlining the registration and administration processes for these groups, as well as efforts to create an enabling environment for the sustainable growth and development of the social sector.

Compared to last year, the total number of exhibitors rose by 52.5 percent, with 828 organisations and projects showcased during the Fair. There was also a drastic increase in the participation of Non-Governmental Organisations. The number of NGOs totalled 629, a 142 percent increase from last year.

The 2013 China Charity Fair was jointly organised by the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, the State-owned Assets Supervision & Administration Commission of the State Council, the All-China Federation of Industry & Commerce, the People's Government of Guangdong Province, the People's Government of Shenzhen Municipality, and the China Charity Alliance.