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Chinese social organizations advocate joint efforts in international humanitarian assistance

On 23 October, International Humanitarian Response Workshop "Experience and Innovation from Chinese Civil Society" was held in Beijing during which a proposal to launch China Civil Society Network for International Humanitarian Assistance was put forward by six organizations including China Association for NGO Cooperation, Amity Foundation, Innovation Center for Risk Governance of Beijing Normal University, Beijing Peaceland Foundation, One Foundation and Waterdrop Fundraising.
The six organizations appealed to relevant social organizations, international organizations, corporations, academic institutions and experts to take part in initiating the Network to boost information exchange, capacity and talent pool building related to international humanitarian assistance, so as to promote an effective, neutral and impartial humanitarianism with Chinese characteristics and contribute to South-South Cooperation and global sustainable development.
Over 50 participants from relevant government departments, social organizations, UN and international NGO offices in China, corporations and academic institutions joined the workshop. Representatives from various social organizations shared their practices in international humanitarian response, and expressed their good will to share Chinese experience with the world. It also featured two panel discussions which focused on the opportunities and challenges in multi-party collaboration as well as innovative initiatives in humanitarian assistance.   
Amy Martin, Head of UNOCHA Regional office for Asia and the Pacific delivered a keynote speech on behalf of UN Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock, emphasizing that the response speed and technology of Chinese government departments and civil society in disaster relief operations will benefit the global humanitarian assistance.
In his keynote speech, Ignacio Packer, Secretary General of the International Council for Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), introduced the unique role of social organizations in international humanitarian system and the significance  of international, regional and domestic cooperation.
The workshop was hosted by four organizations including China Association for NGO Cooperation, Amity Foundation, Innovation Center for Risk Governance of Beijing Normal University and Beijing Peaceland Foundation, supported by United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation and Beijing Brilliant Sunshine Charity Foundation.