CPAFFC Hosts “Healthier Future for Children-- High Level Dialogue on Improving Children’s Health through Efforts of EWECCPN”
The “Healthier Future for Children-- High Level Dialogue on Improving Children’s Health through Efforts of EWECCPN” was held on March 23rd by CPAFFC in Beijing. Guests presented at the Dialogue including CEO of Save the Children International, Former Prime Minister of Denmark Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Vice President Xie Yuan, Representative of UNFPA in China Babatunde Ahonsi, Deputy Representative of UNICEF in China Douglas Noble, and leaderships of Policy and Technical Guidance Units, Special Advisory Units and members of United Nations Every Woman Every Child China Partnership Network (EWECCPN).
Several international organizations with rich experiences in the fields of children protection and development including Save the Children attended the High-level Dialogue, and exchanged views with members of EWECCPN, discussing about how Chinese NGOs might be better engaged in the international cooperation on improving children’s health and make tangible contributions. CPAFFC and Save the Children signed an MOU at the Dialogue.
Vice President Xie Yuan pointed out in his speech that the Chinese Government had always attached great importance on children’s survival, protection and development, actively participated in global and regional cooperation and exchanges in these fields while carrying out children’s work within the country. EWECCPN was founded in September, 2015 by CPAFFC, with the aim of establishing a multi-functional cross-sector cross-industry international collaboration platform to organize members to participate in the international cooperation in the fields of children relief, health and development, as well as conduct activities and projects according to the NHFPC strategy for women and children, and Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.
CEO Thorning-Schmidt said in her speech, Save the Children promised to donate 2 billion US dollars all around the world until 2020 for the health and nutrition, to guarantee the most poverty and needed women, children and their communities may have equal access to high-quality service of nutrition and sanitation. In China, Save the Children had been working together with related government and institutions for years, to bring the most advanced medical technologies to China, made active contribution to the improvement of women and children, especially those in remote poverty-stricken areas and minority areas. Save the Children and CPAFFC are both members of EWEC High-level Steering Group. The two organizations will have more collaboration on children’s health, reduction of children’s mortality rate, helping children have equal access to education, children’s protection etc.
EWECCPN members have conducted remarkable exchanges with representatives of international organizations, respectively introduced their advantages in children’s health and extended the wishes of engaging in international cooperation.
After the High-level Dialogue, CPAFFC organized the 2017 Annual Meeting of EWECCPN among its members. The achievement made in the past year and the future working plan had been introduced to the members. CPAFFC called for all EWECCPN members to actively support the action plan made by EWEC working group in UN and all health industry lagged behind countries; to encourage and coordinate members and other Chinese powers to participate more in international cooperation for improving women’s and children’s health under the strategic framework of the Belt and Road Initiative as well as South-South cooperation; to form bigger multi-level platform to share with the world China’s experiences and achievements, to set up China’s great national image of full responsibility; to carry out projects in philanthropy, sanitation and medical treatment, health development, clean energy, food ect. according to Sustainable Development Goals and Country-based Programs. All EWECCPN members agreed to actively respond to and support the working plan of the Network, sharing experiences and resources of their industries to facilitate the development of EWECCPN.