At the end of October 2018, "Face-to-face Interview with UNDP Administrator-China's Role in the New Era of Global Development" seminar sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) was held at Waldorf Astoria Beijing. Mr. William Deng, Chairman of Kingdom Healthcare Holdings Limited, Guangdong (Kingdom Healthcare) was invited to attend this meeting. During the event, Mr. William Deng had a pragmatic talk with UNDP Administrator Mr. Steiner from the perspective of a Chinese private entrepreneur and introduced the phased achievements they had made for Guizhou ethnic minority women empowerment project, Happiness on Fingertip, which had been initiated jointly by Kingdom Healthcare, UNDP and China Soong Ching Ling Foundation.
Mr. Steiner affirmed our domestic development mode in the meeting. He believed that "China has averted the problems brought by traditional rapid economic development in some ways, for example, inequality brought by highly concentrated wealth. Although inequality still exists in China in a way, China has developed policies to keep most people up with its development and has been optimizing these policies all the time”.
UNDP Administrator Mr. Steiner Delivering a Speech in the Meeting
After the meeting, Mr. William Deng had an active communication with Mr. Steiner and introduced the efforts Kingdom Healthcare had made to respond to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development enacted by the UN in 2016.
Since 2015, Kingdom Healthcare has been implementing the ethnic minority women empowerment project Happiness on Fingertip in cooperation with UNDP, aiming at Miao embroidery-related poverty alleviation. After 3 years of hard work and exploration, great-leap-forward progress has been made and the project is gradually shifting from "poverty alleviation" to "intelligence support".
In the beginning, the main task of this project was to teach women of Kaili Village, Guizhou embroidery skills so that they could make a living on their own. But now, rural cooperatives have been established, workplaces and equipment have been provided, and targeted trainings (E-commerce operation, leadership, business specifications and design) have been organized to achieve diversified “intelligence support”.
This project has bridged external enterprises and embroidery industry to create an effective industrial development space for Miao embroidery culture.
In order to avoid disease caused poverty, Kingdom Healthcare has been regularly imparts the latest women's health and medical knowledge to village doctors.
With the above measures, this project has created a sustainable blood-making mode for Miao embroidery regions to improve their self-reliance ability of female embroiders and help women in ethnic minority regions live a better and happier life.
Mr. William Deng from Kingdom Healthcare Talking with UNDP Administrator Mr. Steiner
As a Chinese enterprise, Kingdom Healthcare proactively responds to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development enacted by the UN in 2016 and has been practicing its development philosophies. In the meantime, Kingdom Healthcare, as one of the sponsors of Happiness on Fingertip, has been making efforts to draw more people’s interests in our project in order to realize empowerment and poverty alleviation of ethnic minority women and work out a sustainable development mode!
17 Sustainable Development Objectives