November 14th, 2016

UN Joins Hands with APECF to Promote "One Belt and One Road"

Mr. Xiao Wunan, Executive Vice Chairman of Asia Pacific Exchange & Cooperation Foundation, and Mr. Tegegnework Gettu (left), UN Under-Secretary-General and Vice Director of UNDP, grace the conference.

(From 2016 High-level Policy Forum for Global Governance -- "One Belt and One Road": New Paths for Regional Development was held at the at China World Hotel on Nov. 10th, 2016, and co-sponsored by the China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE) and UNDP. Vice Chairperson Zhang Ping of China’s National People's Congress (NPC), Mr. Tegegnework Gettu, UN Under-Secretary-General and Vice Director of UNDP, Vice Minister Qian Keming of China's Ministry of Commerce and Mr. Xu Haoliang, Vice Director of UNDP and Aisa Pacific Bureau Chief of UNDP, attended the conference. Mr. Xiao Wunan, Executive Vice Chairman of APECF, was present at the meeting as a distinguished guest.

The High-level Policy Forum for Global Governance has been held successfully three times with APECF’s participation and support. This event has won widespread acclaim from the conference’s organizers and attendees. During the meeting, Mr. Xiao Wunan and Mr. Tegegnework Gettu, Under-Secretary-General of UN and Vice Director of UNDP, Mr. Xu Haoliang, Vice Director of UNDP and Aisa Pacific Bureau Chief of UNDP and Mrs. Agi Veres, Country Director of UNDP China Office, conducted constructive dialogue and reached consensus regarding future cooperation.

APECF has kept close ties with UN agencies and assisted the UN to achieve fruitful results, wining widespread appreciation. In 2012, APECF carried out a series of cooperation projects with the UN Human Settlements Programme, UNDP, UN Economic and Social Affairs Department in the fields of aging, sustainable development, environmental governance and other issues which was highly praised; In 2013, entrusted by Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, UN Under-Secretary-General, and UNDP, APECF hosted the "UN Film Festival" at Renmin University of China, which was regarded as the most successful cultural exchange program in UN history. For three consecutive years from 2013 to 2015, APECF had close cooperation with UNESCO and was involved in a wide variety of programs led by Ms. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, Assistant Director-General of UNESCO, and Eric Falt, Deputy Director-General of UNESCO. APECF also hosted multiple international people-to-people cultural exchange events in Beijing, Paris, Bulgaria, Shanghai and other cities. In 2015, Promote World Peace Through Dialogue Among Civilisations - an APECF event was successfully hosted in Los Angeles, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Paris, London, New York and Beijing. Vice Chairman of the UN General Assembly reviewed the report by APECF at the UN Headquarters and regarded the program as one of the 2015 UN General Assembly "Post  Millennium  Development Goals" topics. In August 2016, APECF participated in the 13rd International Human Rights Youth Summit hosted by the UN and other organizations, during which Mr. Xiao Wunan held several meetings with Mr. Gilberto Flores, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Mr. Alfredo Jefferson, Chief Representative of UNDP Executive Commission, to explore cooperation between the UN, UNDP and APECF. The three parties reached strategic agreement. The consensus of comprehensive cooperation between APECF and South America was reached especially for promotion of dialogue and exchanges between the Chinese and Inca civilizations. It was conducive to the promotion of world peace and defusion of current global crises. It was decided that the dialogue between Chinese and Inca civilizations will be held at the UN Headquarters in due time next year with coordination by UNDP.

Mr. Xiao Wunan (left), Executive Vice Chairman of APECF, and Mr. Xu Haoliang, Vice Director of UNDP and Aisa Pacific Bureau Chief of UNDP

With strong and long-term ties with UNDP, APECF is bound to make contributions to the “One Belt and One Road” initiative and the realization of the UN “Post Millennium Development Goals”.