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Chinese prosecutors get new powers to protect marine environment

Chinese prosecutors have been given the authority to file public interest lawsuits against those who have damaged marine ecology, marine aquatic resources and marine protected areas, according to new regulations. The “Regulations on Several Issues Concerning the Handling of Marine…

China’s NGOs to face new rules on ‘recognition activities’

NGOs in China will face stricter rules when hosting “recognition activities” or giving out awards, according to the new “Administrative Measures for Social Organization Evaluation Recognition, and Commendation Activities” released earlier this month. The measures, issued by China’s National Evaluation,…

China’s disabled day: local governments focus on employment

Every third Sunday in May is China’s National Disability Day. This year’s theme focused on promoting employment of the disabled and protecting their rights. On May 15, activities were held across China, both online and offline, depending on the local…

Foundation signs partnership agreement to build nursing platform

Beijing Foundation for Elder and the Disabled (BFED) and a company called Gold Nurse recently signed a strategic cooperation agreement. The two parties plan to jointly set up the first online nursing service platform for elderly people in China next…

Tech giant makes emissions pledge

Tencent Group released its Report on Carbon Neutrality Goals and Actions earlier this year, promising to achieve carbon neutrality in its supply chain no later than 2030. Ma Huateng, chairman and CEO of the Board of Directors, emphasized that the…

Beijing government keen to see more social enterprises

The number of social enterprises in Beijing will exceed 300 by the end of the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025), according to a recent document issued following the meeting of Beijing Municipal Leading Group for Social Construction. The group released the…

Cutting carbon: energy sector not yet on track

In 2020, China’s government announced the country’s environmental goals of achieving peak carbon by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060. Last year, a team led by Professor Chen Wenying from Tsinghua University developed an energy-environmental economic model, China TIMES, which…

Chinese foundation helps support Cambodian students

The Amity Foundation has funded 310 Cambodian students to continue their studies through its “Pass the Flame International Student Aid Project”, according to a recent conclusion meeting held by the foundation. A Chinese NGO created in 1985, the Amity Foundation…

Chinese students get classes on ‘zero waste’

For this year’s World Earth Day, some Chinese elementary and middle schools in cities like Beijing and Hangzhou launched a new class on the concept of zero waste. The class — Zero Waste Knowledge — is part of the “Pepsi…

Academics meet to discuss carbon emissions in rural areas

The 1st Interdisciplinary Academic Exchange Conference of the Research Center for Zero-carbon Buildings was held at Tsinghua University on March 11. Dozens of experts and academics delivered speeches on promoting carbon emission reduction in rural areas. Professor Zhang Hong from…

Shipping company fined for environmental damage

Xiamen Maritime Court recently concluded China’s first case related to a dispute over damage to the marine environment, brought by the Coast Guard. The defendant, a shipping company based in Wuhu, Anhui Province, was ordered to pay more than 1.28…

Government departments aim to make cities more youth friendly

A new set of opinions jointly issued by 17 Chinese departments urge cities to regulate the development of youth social organizations and increase the number of volunteers providing services for young people. The departments include the Central Propaganda Department, Cyberspace…

NGOs assist MU5735 search and rescue effort

When flight MU5735 crashed in Wuzhou, Guangxi, on March 21, rescue teams from NGOs and private companies rushed to the site to participate in the search for victims. Due to poor weather and the complex terrain of the local mountainous…

10 illegal social organizations banned

The Social Organization Law Enforcement Supervision Bureau of the Ministry of Civil Affairs released a list of 10 social organizations that have recently been banned on April 8. The organizations are as follows: China Quality Certification Supervision Commission (listed as…

Guidance encourages ‘green’ Belt and Road

China’s top economic planner and three ministries jointly issued guidance on promoting the green development of the Belt and Road Initiative on March 16, encouraging businesses to increase investment and global cooperation in green infrastructure, investment, finance and environmental impact…

Shenzhen brings in measures to promote disabled employment

Shenzhen employers that sign labor contracts of at least a year with disabled job applicants may apply for social insurance subsidies and recruitment incentives, according to the newly released “Shenzhen Measures for Promoting the Employment of Disabled Persons”. Those recruited…