Held in Palais des Nations
On September 17th, the opening ceremony of the Exhibition of "Family and Love-Photographs by Young Chinese Photographers" was held in Palais des Nations. The Exhibition was co-organized by the Permanent Mission of China, United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) and the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries ( CPAFFC ).
About 200 guests, including Permanent Representatives and diplomats from other missions, representatives from international organizations, attended the ceremony and voted for "the most favorite five photos".
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family. The exhibition of "Family and Love" consists of almost 80 photos and five thematic parts, namely "I Love My Home", "Family, friendship and love", "Love the Life, Enjoy the life", "Photos by Students from Wenzhou Special Education School" and "Photos by Students from Fuxia Hope Primary School". All of the photos were taken by young Chinese photographers under 18 years old, and the youngest one is only 8. Some photos were taken by students from Chinese Hope Primary Schools and special education schools, where financial and other supports were provided to those disabled students and children from poor families.
In his remarks, Ambassador WU Hailong, Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva and other international organizations in Switzerland, said the Chinese people always value the positive role played by harmonious families. The cultivation of Chinese traditional virtues starts from families. The photos showed in this exhibition may not be perfect from professional point of view. However, the works demonstrate how these young people observe the world from their unique perspective and their understanding of "Family" and "Love", as well as their love for life and expectation from this world.
Mr. Møller, the Acting Director-General of UNOG, said that the next generation is of the utmost importance to the initiatives of the United Nations. The United Nations work to bring young people to the forefront of global debates every day, aiming to take the youth development agenda a step further and to advocate for increased investments in, and strengthened commitments to youth. Experiencing the rich Chinese culture and daily life through the eyes of school children is indeed unique. Even more remarkable is that these artworks represent the talent of youth from diverse cities and backgrounds. As China makes up the largest generation of youth in history, their success is crucial to the future of the world.
Mr. Xie Yuan, Vice President of CPAFFC, said that his organization wishes to share China's experience in social development, humanitarian solicitude, especially care for the growth of the young people, with international friends who are interested in learning about Chinese culture and civilization. He hoped to see the young photographers today becoming global peace ambassadors who will record the beautiful stories of China and spread the ideals of peace and friendship.