Peace and Development Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner - A night to celebrate young leadership
Hong Kong, 7 December 2015 – The Peace and Development Foundation (PDF), the official partner of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in China, held a fundraising dinner on 3 December 2015 with the aim to raise funds for the Foundation and to celebrate its 10th anniversary for the mission of nurturing the Hong Kong youths.
The event took place at the Government House. The Vice Chairman of the CPPCC National Committee the Honourable Tung Chee-hwa and Chief Executive of the HKSAR the Honourable C Y Leung graced the event with their presence as the Guests of Honour. In attendance were more than 130 political and business leaders, and the city’s top socialites. The elite guest list included the Director of the Central People's Government Liaison Office in the Hong Kong SAR Mr Zhang Xiaoming, the Deputy Commissioner of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Madam Tong Xiaoling and the Deputy Country Director of UNDP China Mr Patrick Haverman.
This fund-raising gala event benefitted the Foundation and its commitment to supporting the United Nations’ development projects in China and fostering a new generation of young leaders. In particular, proceeds raised would contribute to the funding for the UN field projects in climate change, low carbon development, global issues, public communications, poverty reduction, reproductive health, rural-urban capacity building, equity & governance and population & development, etc. Over the past 10 years, PDF has sponsored internship opportunities to 99 local tertiary and university graduates in a dozen of UN agencies. It has supported publication of four different Human Development Reports as award-winning policy guidance and contributed recommendations to China’s five-year plans.
“PDF has provided a unique platform and avenue for the best and the brightest of Hong Kong graduates and post graduates emerging our universities to secure internships and training programmes with the UN, to work inside the world’s greatest and most successful UN agencies in China, to be exposed to the multifarious cultures, thinking and operations of the 193 member states of the UN and subsequently to return to Hong Kong to contribute to the growth, development and regeneration of our vibrant society being Asia’s global city,” said Mr Daniel R. Fung, PDF Chairman and Founding Board Member.
The highlights of the evening were the sharing of PDF interns of their valuable and fruitful experience with UNDP China, and the performances by three young outstanding musical talents, including two 13-year-old pianists Steven Lau, Malcolm Mok and the 10-year-old violinist Paloma So. Guests were all impressed by their tremendous efforts in making great achievements at young age.
On behalf of the Foundation, Mr Daniel R. Fung would like to extend his sincere gratitude and appreciation to all attended guests, sponsors and donors for their generous patronage.
The Chief Executive, C Y Leung, unveiled new initiatives for youth development and volunteerism in his 2015 Policy Address.
The Chief Executive, C Y Leung, unveiled new initiatives for youth development and volunteerism in his 2015 Policy Address. The Government will continue to fine-tune the existing exchange and internship programmes for young people and increase funding for these programmes.
On 14 January 2015, The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) announced the establishment of the "Hong Kong – United Nations Youth Volunteers Programme". The introduction of this new partnership coincides with the third anniversary of the launch by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of his Five-Year Action Agenda, which includes a specific measure to “create a UN youth volunteers programme under the umbrella of UN Volunteers.”
"Peace and Development Foundation (PDF) is glad to partner with United Nations Volunteers, Agency for Volunteer Service; and the Hong Kong Volunteers Association to implement the programme and take part in the selection of candidates nominated by universities. This programme aligns with PDF's focus on education and skills buildings for young generation, at the same time allows young people to participate in the volunteer services of the United Nations agencies in Southeast Asia. We look forward to the success in the programme, in particular providing opportunities to Hong Kong young generation to build their capacities and to serve on assignments with the UN entities", said Mr. Daniel Fung, Chairman and Founding Board Member of Peace and Development Foundation.
Learn more about UNV and the Government of Hong Kong SAR newly launched joint initiative to support youth volunteerism, please visit http://www.unv.org/en/news-resources/news/doc/press-release-unv-and.html
OMEGA charity dinner to benefit youth programmes by PDF in October 2013
The Swatch Group organized a “A Tale of Perfection Charity Dinner” in Hong Kong on 30 October 2013, hosted by Mr. Stephen Urquhart, President of OMEGA, to benefit youth development programmes by the Peace and Development Foundation (PDF). Miss Kathy Chiu, Founding Chairman of PDF, expressed gratitude to OMEGA, PR Network, the special celebrity guest, generous donors and all supporters present at the fundraising function.
Signing ceremony at the Deloitte's room
Left: Mr. Christophe.Bahuet, UNDP, Country Director
Right: Mr. Oscar Chow, PDF's Company Secretary and Treasurer
PDF has made a contribution to the to the United Nations Development Programme, an international organization established by treaty, represented by its Resident Representative, with offices at Beijing, for the activity of
Capacity Building on Green Development in Partnership with the Central Party School under the Programme of Support Capacity Building and Innovations to Promote Green Development in China.
UNDP Human Development Report for China (Livable Cities)
The First Human Development Report for Guangdong Province covering the Pearl River Delta Development Cooperation.
2012 Fund Raising Event – Painting donated by Mr. Fang Lijun
i) 2 April 2012
Sotheby's Contemporary Asian Art Auction in Hong Kong
- "Dream of Peace" by Mr. Fang Lijun is sold
ii) 10 March 2012
Press conference with Mr. Fang Li Jun and PDF chairman at Sotheby's Beijing