The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and the World Food Programme China Center of Excellence (WFP China) committed to a new partnership focusing on youth and cities today. During a meeting in Beijing the two parties agreed to collaborate under the framework of the Youth4South Programme and the South-South and triangular cooperation Silk Road Cities Project. UNOSSC and WFP China will support capacity development of youth, smallholder farmers and entrepreneurs, as well as city administrations and authorities from developing countries, and facilitate the transfer of affordable and applicable technologies.
Dr. Qu Sixi, Representative and Country Director of WFP China Centre of Excellence, delivered a welcome speech. He stressed that, WFP attached great importance to South-South and triangular cooperation and provided a recent example of a commemorative event hosted by WFP during the UN Day for South-South Cooperation. This event on 12 September, in Rome, shed light on examples from the field that speak to WFP’s historic commitment to South-South and triangular cooperation.
Mr. Jorge Chediek, Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General on South-South Cooperation and Director of the UNOSSC, commended WFP for the role it has been playing as a frontline agency in the global fight against hunger. He emphasized that he had personally witnessed the “extraordinary effectiveness” of WFP in organizing and delivering humanitarian aid; as well as the impact of WFP’s work saving millions of lives and assuring refugees a future by providing continued medical and food support.
Mr. Chediek also expressed appreciation of WFP China’s substantial contribution to various UNOSSC programmes and projects in the past three years, including the “Youth4South (Y4S): Advanced Youth Leadership Programme”, the “Youth Entrepreneurship for the South” (YES) programme”, and the “SSTC among Maritime Continental Silk Road Cities for Sustainable Development Project”. He also highlighted the remarkable achievements made by the Government of China in lifting its people out of poverty and freeing them from hunger, and suggested that China and WFP should continue enhancing their valuable partnership.
WFP China was established in 2016. It serves as a WFP Centre of Excellence to enhance South-South and triangular cooperation in partnership with the government of the People’s Republic of China. The Centre has contributed to the sharing of China’s rich experience in food security, nutrition improvement, and poverty alleviation with other developing countries.
Ms. Xiaojun Grace Wang, Deputy Director of the UNOSSC; Mr. Nicholas Rosellini, UN Resident Coordinator in China; and Mme. Ma Hongtao, Director-General of Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China; also attended the meeting.