Keyword: China in the World

US-China Charity Law Workshop held in Beijing

Over 40 US and Chinese legal experts and NGO practitioners gathered recently in a Charity Law Workshop in Beijing, addressing the controversy over China’s Charity Law draft (see here) and Mark Zuckerberg’s pledge to donate 99% of his shares to charity. The workshop was held by the Charity Law Research Center(慈善法律研究中心) of the China Philanthropy Research Institute (中国公益研究院). MS Evelyn Brody, a law professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, kicked off the workshop with a speech on legal forms and taxation for US charity organizations. The requirements and procedures for establishing a charitable trust and a non-profit legal person in the US are different from each other. There is …read more

NGOs active in China respond to the Paris Agreement

NGOs active in China respond to the Paris Agreement

Fifteen NGOs that conduct climate change related work in China delivered a joint statement on December 13 in response to the newly reached Paris Agreement. The statement described the agreement as a significant milestone and a bridge between developed and developing countries as well as between the old and the new climate orders. The NGOs praised China’s vital contribution in achieving the agreement. They suggested that active controls on coal, renewable energy promotion, and nationwide carbon emission restrictions should be incorporated into the 13th five-year plan (social and economic blueprint for 2016 to 2020). The NGOs are optimistic that the tolerance and openness of the Paris Agreement will translate into …read more

China Daily: 20 Chinese NGOs submit position statement to UNFCCC secretariat

China Daily: 20 Chinese NGOs submit position statement to UNFCCC secretariat

Dr. Huang Haoming, secretary general of the China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO), submitted a position statement signed by 20 Chinese NGOs to the UNFCCC secretariat on the 3rd of December. The statement calls for attention to be paid to Chinese NGOs on the issue of climate change. Its submission highlights the active participation of Chinese NGOs in the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP 21/CMP 11). All of the 20 NGOs involved are members of the China Civil Climate Action Network (CCAN). CCAN was established in 2007, and cooperates with the Climate Action Network International as an independent Chinese network. The statement includes nine points, including a call for …read more

Sixth ILGA-ASIA conference held in Taiwan

The sixth ILGA-ASIA Conference(第六届国际同志大会)was held from the 27th to the 30th of October in Taipei, Taiwan. More than 300 LGBT activists from nearly 40 countries attended the meeting, including ones from the American Human Rights Campaign, the ASEAN SOGIE Caucus, the Ford Foundation and EU offices. The participants shared thought-provoking presentations and discussions. This year’s theme was “Independent Souls and Bodies”(灵魂‧身体自主). The ILGA-Asia Board along with the local hosts, the Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association(台湾同志咨询热线协会), developed the theme from both a global and local perspective. A broad variety of forums, workshops and activities were offered, covering topics including political strategy, messaging and awareness raising, comparative legal analysis and other specific strategy formulations. Taiwan is a pioneer …read more

Catchy song on China's Five Year Plan goes viral

Catchy song on China’s Five Year Plan goes viral

On October 26th Xinhua news agency published an animated video in English introducing China’s 13th five-year plan, the social and economic blueprint for the country’s policy in the 2016-2020 period, while at the same time the Central Committee of China’s Communist Party met to discuss the Plan’s details in Beijing. The catchy song has since gone viral. See here for the video.

International volunteer service exchange conference held in Beijing

On October 12, the International Volunteer Service Exchange Conference’s opening ceremony was held in Beijing. The two-day conference was co-hosted by UN Volunteers and the Beijing Volunteer Service Federation (北京市志愿服务联合会). The conference convened UN agencies, bilateral volunteer-involving organizations and government and civil society representatives from more than 20 middle-income countries in Asia, Africa, Europe/CIS, the Middle East and Latin America. UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Alain Noudéhou spoke on behalf of the United Nations System in China at the opening ceremony. He also met the UN Volunteers Executive Coordinator Richard Dictus and other representatives from several of the Conference’s supporting organizations. During the Conference, proposals were put forward …read more

China co-hosts global summit on women’s rights at the UN

On September 27th, China and UN Women co-hosted a global summit on women’s rights at the UN headquarters in New York. It is one of a series of summits in September marking the UN’s 70’s anniversary. More than 80 world leaders and government officials attended the Sunday summit, exchanging ideas on gender equality and women’s rights. Chinese president Xi Jinping, one of the chairpersons, delivered a speech, stressing four key points including promoting synchronous development of women and economy, actively protecting women’s rights, building a more tolerant society, and creating a better global environment for the development of women. Xi also announced that China will donate 10 million USD to UN …read more

China Daily: CANGO sets up program to combat climate change

China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO) has started an education program to raise awareness of environmental protection and climate change among students in China. As reported by China Daily Europe, from December 2012 to August 2015, CANGO has trained 810 teachers from 449 selected middle schools from both metropolises and rural areas across five provinces of China. These middle schools are mostly recruited from CANGO’s NGO network. According to Huang Haoming, the secretary-general of CANGO, German organization Brot Fuer Die Welt, or Bread for the World provided funding for this program. As part of the program, CANGO has also organized a national design competition for middle school students with the theme …read more

China Charity Fair launches the “Venture Philanthropy Partner Plan”

To narrow the information gap between philanthropic projects and supporting funds, China Charity Fair (CCF)  has set up a resource platform online. According to CCF‘s organizing committee, the platform has recently launched the “Venture Philanthropy Partner Plan” (社会创投合伙人计划) to provide more opportunities for the exhibited projects and organizations at CCF. Up until now, it has attracted the attention of more than 20 “partners” from charity funds, businesses, governmental departments and social groups. And a total amount of 63.67 million yuan has been raised to fund public welfare projects at CCF. By holding a road show of these projects in its No. 1 exhibition hall, CCF hopes to attract more project starters …read more

CDB will hold a special event at China Charity Fair

On September 19th, China Development Brief (CDB), together with Beijing Ginkgo Foundation(北京市银杏公益基金会), will hold a seminar, titled “Creative Approaches for the Localization of Overseas Practice”(海外经验在本土的创新实践), at the fourth China Charity Fair in Shenzhen. Leaders from foundations/NPOs and representatives of philanthropic media who have experience in exchanging with or visiting overseas philanthropic organizations will share their stories and discuss the challenges and risks they are facing. The aim of this seminar is to push the development of the public welfare sector by learning from foreign countries and drawing on their experience. CDB was founded in 1996 and registered in 2003 as the Beijing Civil Society Development Research Center, serving as a bilingual platform for the Chinese civil society. The co-host of this event, Beijing Ginkgo Foundation, was founded in July 2015. As a nonpublic fund-raising foundation, it sponsors outstanding talents and organizations in the public welfare sector, and conducts related research, trainings and communication events. For more details about the event, please visit the Events Section.

Trailer of a VR documentary on left-behind children released at Davos Forum

On September 10th, the UN, China Development Research Foundation (中国发展研究基金会), and Caixin Media (财新传媒) jointly released the trailer of the Virtual Reality documentary Kindergarten in a Mountain Village (山村里的幼儿园) during the Summer Davos Forum. The premiere of the full documentary is expected to be on October 21st at the Fourth Children and Anti-poverty Conference (儿童与反贫困大会). It will be the first ever VR Documentary in China and the fourth VR documentary by UN. During the Summer Davos Forum, the UN also showed their first VR documentary Cloud Over Sidra concerning the Syrian refugees. The documentary focuses on the opportunities and challenges of solving the left-behind children problem in China. It was …read more

Latest updates on the upcoming China Charity Fair in Shenzhen

According to the organizing committee, the upcoming fourth China Charity Fair (CCF) will place much emphasis on the topic of internationalization and global communication. For the first time, there will be an international public welfare exhibition section in the fair. Over 200 foreign guests and organizations including the United Nations as well as Chinese organizations who have ‘gone-out’ will gather in the exhibition center in Shenzhen from September 18 to 20. Up to now, 93 international public welfare and charity organizations from 14 countries and regions in Asia, Europe, South and North America have confirmed their participation, bringing in cutting-edge thoughts and advanced organizational models. Philanthropists and representatives from foundations …read more

Project Hope launches the 23rd African Hope Primary School in Namibia

On September 3rd, “Hope Project in Africa” of China Youth Development Foundation (CYDF) launched its 23rd primary school, the largest one yet, in Omaheke region, Namibia.The school was officially delivered to Namibia and put into use after Yan Shi, the director of CYDF Hope Primary School department and the representative from Namibian Ministry of Education and Culture signed the project transfer documents. The primary school is named ‘China Tojoy Hope Primary School’(中国天九幸福希望小学) on completion of 8-month construction. Located near the boarder of Namibia and Botswana (400 km from the capital of Namibia), the school covers 1,500㎡ with 13 classrooms, offices for teachers, a multi-functional room and a playground. Before the …read more

CFPA successfully registers in Nepal

CFPA successfully registers in Nepal

The China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) has officially registered as an international non-government organization in Nepal. At 13:30 on August 13th 2015, the agreement-signing ceremony was held at the office of the Social Welfare Council of Nepal. On the occasion of the 60 anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Nepal, CFPA became the first Chinese NGO registered in Nepal. 20 members of the Chinese and Nepali media attended the signing ceremony Photo on the agreement signing ceremony According to their own press relsease, the registration of the CFPA office is not only a significant step forward for the internationalization of the organization but also a “meaningful exploration” for Chinese …read more

CFPA’s first overseas office registered in Myanmar

The China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation’s (CFPA) office in Myanmar was certified as an international organization by the local government on July 27

Feng Yongfeng: Non-Government Organizations Are Not Anti-Government Organizations

Feng Yongfeng: Non-Government Organizations Are Not Anti-Government Organizations

In light of the upcoming new law on “overseas NGOs”, well-known Chinese environmentalist Feng Yongfeng speaks about the relationship between government and non-governmental organizations.

Minister of Public Security: overseas NGOs are welcome to operate in China

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Public Security and Ministry of Civil Affairs held a joint meeting on overseas NGOs in Shanghai on July 25, with the aim of understanding the development of overseas NGOs in China and hearing advice and suggestions on their future management. According to a report from the Ministry of Public Security, Guo Shengkun, China’s Minister of Public Security, presided over the meeting and gave a speech praising the positive impact brought by overseas NGOs and encouraging cooperation and exchange between China and those organizations. He also said that China would improve the government’s management level on related areas and provide better services and security to overseas NGOs. Overseas NGOs …read more

Overseas NGO Management Law not included in latest deliberation of NPC Standing Committee

The General Office of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) has announced that it will hold a press conference on July 1st. According to a notice on the official site of the NPC, the NPC Standing Committee has been deliberating drafts of the ‘National Security Law’ and the ‘Decision on Implementing Oath of Office to Uphold the Constitution (全国人大常委会关于实行宪法宣誓制度的决定草案)’ from June 24th to July 1st. If both drafts are passed, the press conference will invite Han Xiaowu, the vice secretary of the the Standing Committee of the NPC, and Zheng Shuna, the deputy-director of the Legislative Affairs Commission of the NPC Standing Committee to answer questions about both laws. …read more