Featured UNA: China
The United Nations Association of China (UNA-China) is a national non-governmental organization for the promotion of the cause of the United Nations, with its membership open to the general public and social groups that are interested in UN affairs.
UNA-China is one of the founding members of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) and a member of the Conference of the Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO). It enjoys General Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and is associated with the Department of Public Information (DPI) of the UN.
Purposes of UNA-China:
- disseminate information about the UN
- promote comprehension, research and popularization of UN endeavors and activities
- help realize the purposes and principles of the UN Charter
- enhance mutual understanding, friendship and cooperation among peoples of all nations
UNA-China, with its headquarters in Beijing, is led by a president and two vice-presidents. The secretariat tends to the day-to-day work under the guidance of the Director-General. The current President of UNA-China is Amb. CHEN Jian, former Under-Secretary-General of the UN.
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In 2011, UNA-China conducted major events and projects:
Establishment of the China Academic Net for UN Studies (CANUNS)
UNA-China initiated and steered the establishment of the China Academic Net for UN Studies (CANUNS) on March 9, 2011 to integrate research on the UN in China. CANUNS is a mechanism aiming to guide, plan and organize thematic studies, and provide forward-looking, feasible policy recommendations for the government. CANUNS is also set to conduct communication and cooperation with multilateral academic institutions in other countries, so as to track and exchange views on the latest development of UN and other multilateral mechanisms. CANUNS attended the 11th East Asian Seminar on the United Nations System held in Osaka Japan on December 16-17. The attendance of CANUNS has promoted the Seminar from a bilateral cooperation programme to a trilateral one. The Seminar used to be named as Japan-Republic of Korea Seminar on UN System.
The 2011 COSCO International Civil Servants Capacity Building Training Course was held in Renmin University on July 11-18 2011. The Course is a part of the International Civil Servants Training Programme which is initiated by UNA-China and co-sponsored by UNA-China and China Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security. The Course is a first-ever of its kind for the public in China and designed to enhance the comprehensive understanding of the UN and train potential UN employees for the future. The Course entertained about 100 trainees most of whom are university students and teachers.
The Commemoration Symposium on the 40th Anniversary of The Restoration of the Lawful Seat of The People’s Republic of China in the United Nations
The Commemoration Symposium on the 40th Anniversary of the Restoration of the Lawful Seat of the People’s Republic of China in the United Nations was held in Chengdu, Sichuan Province on September 19-20 2011. Amb. Chen Jian, President of UNA-China chaired the opening ceremony, Mr. Wu Hailong, Assistant Foreign Minister, Ms. Renata Dessallien, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in China, addressed the opening ceremony. The symposium was co-hosted by UNA-China and UN system in China, and organized by Chengdu Municipal Government, nearly 100 people including representatives of eight UN agencies in China, scholars and experts in UN study and representatives from Chengdu government agencies and universities attended the meeting. The symposium held in-depth discussion over the topics of “the role of UN and China’s UN diplomacy”.
The 2011 Trilateral Presidents Meeting of UNA-China, UNA-Japan and UNA-ROK and the Second China-Japan-Republic of Korea Youth Forum
On September 23 2011, the 2011 Trilateral Presidents Meeting of UNA-China, UNA-Japan and UNA-Republic of Korea was held in Chengdu. Delegations from UNA-China, UNA-Japan and UNA-ROK presented and had in-depth discussion on topics of “the Role of East Asia in Global Governance” and “East Asian Culture in the Globalization” at the meeting. President and Secretary-General of WFUNA were also present at the meeting.
On September 24-27, UNA-China also hosted the Second China-Japan-Republic of Korea Youth Forum in Sichuan University. The Youth Forum was a parallel event of the Trilateral Presidents Meeting of the three UNAs. The theme of the Youth Forum was “The United Nations and East Asia Partnership”. It consisted of a two-day Model UN conference on climate change and a one-day Youth Symposium. There were 90 student participants including 15 from Japan, 15 from Republic of Korea and 60 from China. The Model UN conference adopted a resolution and approved a joint statement on climate change. (See photo above)
The Reception for 66th UN Day
On October 24th, 2011, UNA-China, in collaboration with United Nations System in China hosted the Reception for the 66th Anniversary of the United Nations at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. The reception began with a video message of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. Mr. Wu Hailong, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Under-Secretary-General of the UN and the Director-General of the United Nations Office in Geneva, Ambassador Li Daoyu, Honorary President of UNA-China and Ms. Renata Dessallien, UN Resident Coordinator in China addressed the reception. There were about 600 representatives from UN agencies in China, the diplomatic corps in Beijing, the Chinese Government, academia and business community attending the reception.
The 8th China National Model United Nations Conference(CNMUN2011)
The 8th China National Model United Nations Conference (CNMUN2011) was held on November 18-20 in the National University of Defense Technology in Changsha, Hunan Province. It was the first time that a military university hosted CNMUN. The conference simulated Human Rights Council of the UN with two committees discussing “accelerating synergic efforts in achieving the Millennium Development Goals with the right to development” and “promotion and protection for the rights of women”. The conference attracted more than 300 participants from 92 universities of mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Australia.
CNMUN is the most influential Model UN activity in China. As the leading Model UN organizer, UNA-China introduced Model UN into China in 2000 and started to organize Model UN activity in 2002.
Second Dag Hammarskjold Symposium
On December 1st, the Second Dag Hammarskjold Symposium was held in Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) by WFUNA, in collaboration with UNA-China, Research Center of United Nations and International Organizations, and the Embassy of Sweden in Bejing. About 100 people coming from the diplomatic corps in Beijing, academia, NGOs and government agencies attended the Symposium. The topics for discussion were “three principles of peacekeeping” and “Responsibility to Protect”.