Growing wealth disparities in China attracting government attention – UN report

China’s wealth gap between urban and rural communities is among the highest in the world, but a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report released today finds the Government is coming to grips with the widening disparities that threaten the country’s stability.

UN food agency sees partnership with China as key tool in war on global hunger

A strong partnership between the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the world’s largest humanitarian agency and China, and the world’s most populous country, could have enormous bearing on the fight against global hunger, the agency’s chief said today.

UN environment agency team examines fallout from China’s chemical plant blast

A four-member team from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is on a fact-finding trip to northeastern China to see firsthand the problems caused by the pollution released last month in a chemical plant explosion there.

Torture, though on decline, remains widespread in China, UN expert reports

Torture, though on the decline, particularly in urban areas, remains widespread in China, and Government officials have increasingly recognized the problem and undertaken a number of measures to tackle it, the independent United Nations human rights expert on the issue said today.

China: UN discusses sending disaster management team to site of toxic spill

Representatives of several United Nations agencies are discussing with the Chinese authorities a suitable date for a UN disaster management team to visit contaminated area of the Songhua River following a large explosion at a petro-chemical plant in China's Jilin Province earlier this month, a UN spokesman said today.

UN environmental team on standby to help China, Russia in river pollution

A United Nations environmental team is on standby to help both Chinese and Russian authorities, if requested, following the contamination of the Songhua River after a large explosion at a petro-chemical plant in China's Jilin Province earlier this month.

UN expert on torture and cruel punishment visits China

The independent United Nations human rights expert on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment began a 12-day visit to China today, during which he will meet with Government officials and representatives of civil society and visit detention facilities.

Annan congratulates China on its second space mission

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today hailed China for safely and successfully launching its second mission into space.

China: UN rights chief highlights both progress and concerns at end of visit

The United Nations human rights chief said today a rapidly changing China had great potential in the area of human rights but she also raised a number of concerns with leading officials, including the system known as re-education through labour and the extensive use of the death penalty.

UN, China agree to cooperate on civil and political rights program

The United Nations human rights office today said that it and China signed a memorandum of understanding designed to help that country implement recommendations on economic, social and cultural rights and at facilitating its ratification of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.