Joint Lecture on the Introduction to the UN System in China

Joint Lecture on the Introduction to the UN System in China


15 July, 2016, Beijing


15 July, Beijing - A Joint Lecture on the Introduction to the UN System in China was held on Friday, 15 July at the UN Compound in Beijing, as part of the 2016 International Civil Servants Capacity Building Training Programme hosted by the United Nations Association of China (UNA). Seven UN staff from UNESCO, UNWOMEN, UNDP, ILO, UNFPA, UNIEF and Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO) introduced their respective work priorities and career experience to over 100 university students from across China.


The lecture consisted of two sessions. During the first session, Ms. Yang Lin, UN Coordination Analyst of RCO, welcomed the students and provided an overall introduction to the UN System in China. Ms. Eunice Smith, Programme Specialist of Social and Human Sciences of UNESCO, illustrated UNESCO’s mandate and work in China, in particular the implementation of Goal 4 (Quality Education) of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As the SDG Consultant of UNDP, Mr. Li Ming further explained the 17 SDGs in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, calling on young people to contribute to their achievement and build a world of peace, dignity and opportunities for all.


Ms. Yang Lin (L1), UN Coordination Analyst of RCO, Ms. Eunice Smith (M), Programme Specialist, Social and Human Sciences of UNESCO and Mr. Li Ming (R1), SDG Consultant of UNDP, answered students’ questions.


During the second session, Ms. Guo Ruixiang, Country Programme Coordinator of UNWOMEN, pointed out that despite the notable progress in providing equal opportunities for women in education in China, there was much room for improvement in breaking the glass ceiling and improving women’s participation in decision-making. Mr. Martyn Denis, Project Development and Coordination Analyst of UNFPA, shared his personal story, growing from an intern in the UN offices in East Timor and China to an international staff member in UNFPA. Ms. Zhou Jie, Programme Officer of ILO, introduced how ILO worked to provide decent work and safeguard fundamental labor rights. Ms. Liu Sijia, Child Poverty Alleviation Officer of UNICEF, shared experiences as a UN Volunteer and her work in child poverty alleviation.


Ms. Guo Ruixiang (L1), Country Programme Coordinator of UNWOMEN, Mr. Martyn Denis (L2), Project Development and Coordination Analyst of UNFPA, Ms. Zhou Jie (R2), Programme Officer of ILO and Ms. Liu Sijia (R1), Child Poverty Alleviation Officer of UNICEF, spoke in the second session.


A Q&A session was followed with dynamic interactions on a wide variety of issues including migrant workers, violence against women, environmental protection, and how to achieve the ambitious 2030 Agenda with its 17 SDGs.


This joint lecture was organized as part of the 2016 International Civil Servants Capacity Building Training Programme hosted by the United Nations Association of China (UNA).


UN System in China

The UN System in China, consisting of 24 UN funds, programs and specialized agencies resident in China, works in partnership with governmental and non-governmental organizations at various levels to support the Government in implementing its national development objectives as well as Internationally Agreed Development Goals, including the Sustainable Development Goals. The UN System’s work in China is guided by the UNDAF 2016-2020 focusing on Poverty Reduction and Equitable Development, Improved and Sustainable Environment, and Enhanced Global Engagement.


To learn more about the UN system in China please go to www.un.org.cn.


For further information, please contact:

Ms. Meng Jun, UN Communication Assistant,

Tel: +8610 8532 0890,

Email: jun.meng@one.un.org

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