China move targeting NGOs at United Nations is rebuffed

By The China Post/Asia News Network


China was forced on Friday to drop a measure at the United Nations that targeted non-governmental organisations seeking to be heard at the world body.

China had proposed that the United Nations refrain from naming countries that criticise NGOs during meetings of a committee that decides which groups are accredited to the UN
The information blackout would have allowed China and other countries distrustful of non-governmental organisations to air their opposition without being singled out in any UN public report.

The United States had sharply criticised the Chinese proposal at the UN’s NGO committee, saying it would be a setback for transparency and openness at the United Nations.

But UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that after talks between US and Chinese officials, the committee would continue to report on the stance of countries.

“The UN will continue its standard practice in terms of how press releases are written for committee works, which summarizes the position of different countries,” Dujarric told reporters.

Hundreds of NGOs accredited to the United Nations are allowed to present recommendations on the many issues tackled by the world body, from development to peacekeeping in all 193 countries.

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