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Civil Society Leads the Needed Collaborations between Nations

ChinaBlue Sustainability Institute
2020-08-10 10:49 813

HAIKOU, China, Aug. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- At a time when the future of the globe looks gloomy by the unabated pandemic and economic fallout, raising political hostility and anti-globalization sentiment, an online dialogue in 30th and 30st July between the civil society organizations in China and the Europe has brought more hope to the much needed global collaboration.

Twenty-two panelists from the CSOs in China and the European nations joined the Zoom meeting and shared their initiatives of response during the lockdown and discussed the after-pandemic challenges that they were facing. The need for global collaborations between CSOs was stressed to accelerate the progress of realizing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Key points in the discussion include:

  • Despite that in most countries government dominant the pandemic response, civil societies' role should not be underestimated, particularly as a complementary force in disaster relief. Civil societies functioned as a bridge and a facilitator between government and the public during the lockdown and as a guardian to protect civil space against aggressive state intervention.
  • CSOs of the both sides faced similar challenges during pandemic and in post-pandemic time, including slowed project progress, dented fund-raising outlook, and the adjustment to new operation practices such as that many activities need to be moved online. NGOs and funders need to consolidate and work together to weather the coming uncertainty.
  • Another virus, which had been rising with the COVID-19 was narrow nationalism. It built on top of growing anti-globalism, skepticism, and protectionism, and was worsened by geopolitical competition and scapegoating during pandemic. CSOs should lead the way to fight against this wave, which would bring the world in downward spiral.
  • Despite of the disputes between Europe and China, it is recognized at all levels that collaborations are necessary to tackle global sustainability issues such as climate change. The UN SDGs are an important stabilizer for the Sino-Euro relationship.
  • The world is at the crossroad in term of the realization of SDGs by 2030. Economic stimulus plans, the presidential election in the US, the Climate COP26 and the Biodiversity COP15 next year could all affect the process the forthcoming years. CSOs in both China and the Europe should work together and join in the agenda setting.

The Dialogue was organized by ChinaBlue Sustainability Institute and the China Association for NGO Cooperation. For more information, please check the website http://lxi.me/fh8ta.

Source: ChinaBlue Sustainability Institute
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