Zone of Peace
UN Expands Partnerships With Locals
By Li Xing (China Daily)
The United Nations is expanding its partnerships with central and local governments in what were once considered "sensitive areas" to assist China in achieving balance and harmony in its economic growth.
The issues for cooperation between the UN organizations in China and their Chinese counterparts this year will range from the rule of law, anti-corruption, development of civil society, cultural development in ethnic-minority populated areas to sustainable development of tourism in the Tibet Autonomous Region, Khalid Malik, United Nations Resident Coordinator in China, said at a press briefing on Friday in Beijing.
The UN, in addition, is working with China to hold a forum on Tibet in the middle of this year.
It will also involve itself in preparations for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, with a partnership between the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG).
'Acting as one'
Under the program, UNDP and BOCOG will host joint activities to raise environmental awareness across China and share international best practices on the environment.
"From the UN side, we will act as one," said Malik, who is also the resident representative of UNDP in China, adding that there are 21 UN agencies with about 600 staff members working in China.
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