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Organization: The Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, CPAFFC
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PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the first half of the Decade?

The CPAFFC has increased its activities in promoting peace and friendship among peoples in the world. In the first half of this decade, it has undertaken many programs to enhance sustainable development and social equality in China, these have been done through national and international cooperation. It has established links and strengthened partnerships with organizations in both developed and developing countries. Ideas have been shared, consensus has been reached, and joint efforts have been taken to build a fair, just and peaceful world.

Its activities have been widely recognized and supported by governments at all levels, organizations, companies, individuals at home and abroad. As long as we continue to sow seeds of peace in the hearts of people through more practical programs and call on others to do so, we will be able to make further progress towards culture of peace.

OBSTACLES: What are the most important obstacles that have prevented progress?

The CPAFFC has wide contacts with and support from all walks of life in China. Since it does not have a representative office in headquarters of UN, there is a lack of communication channels with UN and other international NGOs. It is important to have more support and information from UN. Financial difficulties also exist in carrying out its many projects.

ACTIONS: What actions have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the first half of the Decade?

The CPAFFC has erected a Peace Statue at the beginning of the century and a Peace Bell in 2004 in its compound expressing its wish to build peace in the world. People from all walks of life and friends from other countries joined the inauguration ceremonies.

It attaches great importance to youth programs. Through exchange of visits, seminars, summer or winter camps, peace camps, we organize young people from all over the world to get to know each other’s culture, history and current situation. Friendship and mutual understanding were built among them. It also organizes children chorus and art troupes to perform in other countries on the theme of Peace, Love and Friendship.

It has raised funds from home and abroad for its various programs concerning poverty eradiation, education, environmental protection, medical help, etc. These include: training English teachers from poor areas, providing scholarship for university students from poor families, donating computers and building computer labs and school facilities to needy schools, introducing international volunteers to come to China to teach English or provide medical help, etc., training laid-off women workers to learn useful skills to help them find jobs, making material and financial donations to victims in disaster-stricken areas in China and other parts of the world, organizing medical teams to poor areas giving local people free medical examination and treatment, sponsoring disabled children to go to school. There are also fund especially set up for programs of tree planting, sands control, and environmental protection conferences. When SARS hit China in 2003, it helped to ship from western countries hundreds of boxes of purifiers and donate them to hospitals, schools and offices in China.
 
It has sponsored many national and international conferences and seminars to promote cooperation with developed and developing countries. Topics include finance, economy, trade, investment, enterprise management, regional development, high technology, agricultural technology, environmental protection technology, the waste water treatment, the conversion of military technologies to civilian use, etc.

ADVICE: What advice would you like to give to the Secretary-General and the General Assembly to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the second half of the Decade?

Since China is the largest developing country in the world, we hope UN could set up an information center in China. So that Chinese NGOs could have easy access to and more involvement with UN activities.

PARTNERSHIPS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

The CPAFFC has established relations with over 550 NGOs in about 130 countries in the world. It enjoys special consultative status with ECOSOC of UN, and associated with UN DPI NGO section, and is a member of CONGO.

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence in the second half of the Decade (2005-2010)?

We are working to develop further programs in the promotion of peace.

Postal address of organization

No. 1 Taijichang Street, Beijing 100740, China

E-mail address of organization

meidabu@263.net.cn

Website address of organization

www.cpaffc.org.cn

Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

Understanding, tolerance and solidarity

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace

Sustainable economic and social development, Culture of Peace through education

Highest priority country of action (or international)

China

Second priority country of action (or international)

United States
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