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Opening Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Wu Hailong at the Reception of "Family and Love-
Photographs by Young Chinese Photographers"
2014/09/19
 

Acting Director-General Mr. Møller,

Vice President of the Association, Mr. Xie Yuan,

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

First of all, I would like to extend my warm welcome to all of you for attending this opening reception. This exhibition is co-organized by the Permanent Mission of China, the United Nations Office at Geneva and the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to Acting Director-General Mr. Møller,and the Cultural Activities Committee of UNOG for their strong support for this event. My sincere thanks also go to the Association for their excellent preparation work which is crucial for the success of this exhibition.

All the photos here are taken by young Chinese photographers under 18 years old, the youngest one is only 8. They may not be perfect from professional point of view. However, the works demonstrate how these young people observe the world from their unique perspective. The impression, understanding reflected through lenses tell how they feel "Family" and "Love", as well as their love for life and the expectation from this world. 

It is worth mentioning that some of the photos are taken by students from Chinese Hope Primary Schools and special education schools, where financial and other support were provided to those disabled students and children from poor families. Just like others, these children never give up their pursuit of love and beauty. The support and help from their families, teachers, society and the government attaches wings to their flying dreams.

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the International Year of the Family. In his message on this year's International Day of Families, UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon emphasized that "By providing economic and emotional sustenance to their members, families can raise productive, caring citizens committed to the common good." 

China has the largest population and the largest number of families in the world. The Chinese government attaches great importance to families and takes comprehensive measures to support and help families pursue happiness and a better life. Over the past three decades, the income of Chinese families has increased continuously, and the health, education and social security of all family members have been improved significantly, contributing to a steady upgrading of the living standard of Chinese families.

The Chinese people always value the positive role played by harmonious families. As a traditional Chinese saying goes, "a harmonious family will prosper, and harmonious families will bring peace to the nation." The cultivation of Chinese traditional virtues such as benevolence, righteousness, propriety, wisdom and integrity starts from families. Family virtues such as "loving mother and dutiful son", "righteous husband and virtuous wife" and brotherhood have always been the important contents of Chinese traditional culture. In today's China, equality, progress, fraternity and harmony are cherished by families, reflecting what a perfect family is like in the hearts of Chinese people. This exhibition shows what family and love look like in the eyes of Chinese children. So now through their lenses, let's feel their love for life and understand their desire for a better world.

In conclusion, I wish the exhibition a great success!

Thank you!

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