In order to develop students' global vision, improve their quality and ability to participate in global governance, and cultivate potential reserves of Chinese international civil servants, eight students from different majors of USST participated in “The 12th China International Civil Servants Capacity Building Program", which was organized by the United Nations Association of China and hosted by Northwestern Polytechnical University.The program was held in Taicang, Jiangsu Province from July 10 to 17, 2023, with a total of 210 trainees from more than 60 colleges and universities in China.
At the opening ceremony on July 10, Wu Hongbo, Special Representative of the Chinese Government for European Affairs and former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Wang Ying, Deputy Director General of the United Nations Association of China, Ouyang Ning, Second Grade Inspector of the Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, Jiang Duan, Minister of the International Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Yang Liguo, Deputy Director of the Department of Selection for Studying Abroad of the China Scholarship Council, Ni Jiachen, Vice-Mayor of Taicang, Li Guangyao, Director of Taicang Education Bureau, Yang Xiao, Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee of Northwestern Polytechnical University, attended the event.
Wang Ying pointed out in his speech on behalf of the organizers that the international balance of power and the global pattern are undergoing a profound evolution, and the trend of multi-polarization, economic globalization and democratization of international relations is unstoppable. Under the new situation, the United Nations is facing a rare opportunity to consolidate and expand its international staff, and there is an urgent need to cultivate and create a group of reserve talents with good comprehensive quality for international organizations. It is hoped that the participants will take international civil servants as one of the choices for their future career development, and contribute their youth power to actively participate in leading global governance.
More than ten senior diplomats, experts and scholars were invited to give seven-day lectures on international situation, China's multilateral diplomacy, UN issues and career development of international organizations. On the first day of the program, Ambassador Wu Hongbo delivered a fascinating lecture on the theme of "Global Governance at the Crossroads". Starting from the United Nations and global governance, he analyzed the impact of the United Nations on the international community and the challenges it faces, and introduced China's governance strategies to the participants, demonstrating China's great power and wisdom. Our students were very attentive and asked questions enthusiastically, and exchanged views with Ambassador Wu on issues such as "the positions and qualities that can be applied for under the State-appointed International Organization Talent Training Program" and so on.
In the following days, experts, scholars and industry leaders delivered lectures on global economic and trade governance, language work in the United Nations, the United Nations examination system, global health governance, international arms control and disarmament, and the competence and quality of international civil servants. While attentively listening to the lectures of the guests, our students also participated in activities such as leaderless group discussion and field visit and research together with young students from all parts of China.
The United Nations Association of China (UNAOC) is the only national non-governmental organization in China aiming to support and promote the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter, and is a founding member of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA). It is one of the founding members of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA), the first Chinese NGO to be granted general consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC), an associate member of the Department of Global Communications (formerly the Department of Public Information) of the United Nations, and a full member of the Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CNGO). In order to cultivate a larger pool of international civil servants, the Association has been continuously organizing the China International Civil Servants Capacity Building Program since 2011, inviting senior diplomats, United Nations officials, experts and scholars to give lectures to the participants of the training courses, explaining knowledge about the United Nations, analyzing topical international issues, and sharing their own diplomatic experiences, so as to enhance the young students' understanding of United Nations affairs and China's multilateral foreign policy.