What's Happening Near You: China

UNICEF China National Office

UNICEF's main areas of work in China are as follows: Health; Nutrition; HIV/AIDS; Education and child development; Protection and community services; Local planning and action for children; Child’s environment and sanitation; National Plan of Action for Children and Girls' initiative.

UNESCO: Beijing office

The UNESCO Beijing Office has a two-fold function:

  • to implement UNESCO programmes with consideration to the East Asian sub-region’s interests and realities; and
  • to articulate the current and future needs of the East Asian Member States, and to facilitate the incorporation of these needs into the framework of UNESCO programmes.

UNESCO Beijing Regional Office

UNESCO Beijing Regional Office is a Cluster Office to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Japan, Mongolia, the People's Republic of China and the Republic of Korea (ROK). Its mission, like all other UNESCO field offices and units, is to contribute to peace and security in the world. This is done by promoting intellectual cooperation among nations through education, science, culture, social and human sciences and communication.

China to ban alcohol and tobacco advertising

Li Keqiang, the Premier of the People's Republic of China, has tweeted that on the 1 November 2013, the Chinese government will prohibit the advertising of alcohol and cigarettes through TV channels and radio stations. We are eager to find out more about this development and the effects it will have on youth smoking and drinking in the country.


IFNGO and OFAP Joint 2013 International Conference: 'Reinforce the Family' – 'For a better and Sustainable Future'

The 25th Bi-Annual World Conference of IFNGO (International Federation of NGOs for the Prevention of Drugs and Substance Abuse) will be held jointly with the 2013 International Conference of OFAP (Organization of the Families of Asia and the Pacific) in Macau on the 21-25th October. The event will address a variety of topics some of which include: drug and substance abuse, new substances, decriminalization of drug consumption, regulation on cannabis, money laundering, women's and children's rights, criminality and civic education, and the role of families in the future. Registration fee applies ($375).


Can China tackle it's huge smoking problems?

China is the world’s largest consumer and producer of tobacco, with over 300 million smokers and 43% of the world’s cigarette production, according to the American Cancer Society and the World Lung Foundation. Tobacco causes around 1.2 million deaths annually, predicted to rise to 3.5 million by 2030. One problem for prevention is the huge government-run tobacco monopoly, worth 865 billion yuan ($142.5 billion) from taxes and profit in 2012. Government officials are looking at ways of tackling the problem, including accelerating a ban on smoking in public places. An elite Chinese Communist Party think tank has recently called for higher tobacco taxes, halting government financing to tobacco companies and encouraging them to find alternative business models. Nearly nine out of 10 Chinese children aged 5 and 6 are able to identify at least one cigarette brand, according to a recent study by Johns Hopkins University. 'Rather than thinking "I’m going to be Superman," young boys are aspiring to smoke,' said Bernhard Schwartländer, the World Health Organization’s representative in China.


Dramatic raid on remote Chinese meth-cooking village - big rise in youth drug use

This spectacular raid by 3,000 armed police illustrates the enormous problem worldwide for authorities tackling drug production. The scale of production in the settlement was huge, and around one fifth of its 1,700 households manufactured methamphetamine. The situation was an open secret but it seems likely that producers were warned of previous raids by corrupt officials. Although this well organised and well photographed raid appears to have been unusually successful, the story also highlights the need for effective drug prevention education in China and in other consumer countries.

Will higher tobacco taxes reduce smoking in Bangladesh and China?

These two reports describe contrasting situations in two populous regions. The findings from Bangladesh suggest that raising cigarette prices through increased taxation can lead to a 'win-win-win situation': it will reduce cigarette consumption, increase tobacco tax revenue and potentially decrease socioeconomic inequities. New research in China, however, suggests that smokers here are more resistant to price changes. Prices vary considerably across cigarette brands, and planned tax rises on tobacco might not have the full intended effects as smokers may switch to cheaper brands.


Young children worldwide understand tobacco brands but not health warnings

This international research suggests that the graphic health warnings on cigarette packets are seldom understood by very young children, even though they do know tobacco brands. Brazil had the largest and most graphic warnings, and the highest awareness. At the other end of the scale, Indian packets featured only a symbolic scorpion warning, and Nigeria a vague written statement. 'Heath warning labels on cigarette packs are an important medium for communicating about the serious health effects caused by tobacco products,' said Dr. Cohen, director of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Institute for Global Tobacco Control. 'These messages are most effective when the labels are large and include pictures that evoke an emotional response.' This is particularly important for low-literacy populations, children and young people.


The Role of Families in Effective Prevention Programmes

Strengthening Families Programme, a family-focused prevention programme used in 26 countries around the world, was found to be nine times more effective than individually-targeted programmes and yielded a $10 return for every dollar spent on it. The programme, designed for youth and their families, aims to improve parent-child interactions, parenting skills and strengthen young people’s social and problem-solving skills.


Boom of chemical highs in China

In 2005 China’s National Narcotics Control Commission reported that 7% of new registered drug users used synthetic drugs. By 2013, that number had jumped to 40%. Increased use of the internet has played a pivotal role in the spread of meth, ketamine, and crystal meth use in China as well as globally. Underground labs in China produce huge volumes of synthetic drugs and other chemicals used in banned substances for the local market and also for export. This level of production has led to experts calling China the new front in the global war on drugs. The hundreds of laboratories concentrated in China’s port cities execute orders for “legal highs” from dealers around the globe with most originating in America and Europe.


Center for Non-Traditional Security and Peaceful Development Studies

The Center for Non-Traditional Security & Peaceful Development Studies (NTS-PD) in Zhejiang University is an international academic study and consultation institute which establishes itself in China but is oriented towards the world. Composed of scientists, humanistic and social science scholars, leaders from enterprises, and governmental officials, who are concerned about non-traditional security issues and devote themselves to social improvement as well as peaceful development of the world.