Wednesday, November 25, 2009

UNICEF China co-sponsored strategic policy seminars on child poverty this October

First, jointly with the China Development Research Foundation, UNICEF co-sponsored a high-level strategic international policy seminar on Anti-poverty and Early Childhood Development on 29-30 October, 2009. This seminar engaged Nobel Prize Laureates Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz; government leaders including Yin Li - Vice minister of Health, Wu Degang - Assistant Minister of Education, WANG Guoliang - Vice Minister of the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development; several foreign senior government officials from countries including Vietnam, Mexico, Thailand, and Korea; and a number of top international and domestic experts on child poverty.

Second, jointly with the State Council Leading Group Office Poverty Alleviation and Development, UNICEF co-organized the Child Poverty and Development Training Seminar on 31 October – 1 November, 2009. This seminar aimed at contributing to strengthening the emphasis on child poverty in the Government's Poverty Reduction Strategy, and at influencing the design of China’s 10-Year Poverty Reduction Program (2011-2020). Both seminars contributed to promoting understanding of the multiple dimensions of poverty and remaining child poverty challenges in China. Expert contributions from UNICEF staff, and partners were widely recognized and appreciated by government counterparts and partners in China.

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