“Geek for Good” Open Design Challenge Workshop with University Students

A workshop designed to share UNDP‘s innovation experience with university students and formulate a sense of responsibility towards society was held in Beijing. The “innovation for development” workshop introduced the “Geek for Good” Open Design Challenge to university students and encouraged them to establish innovative ideas and ambitions that will change the world.

Equator Prize 2017 Call for Nominations

The Equator Initiative announces a global call for nominations for the Equator Prize 2017. This year’s prize will be awarded to outstanding community and indigenous initiatives that are advancing nature-based solutions for local sustainable development. The Equator Prize winners will join a prestigious network of 208 community-based organizations from 70 countries that have been awarded the Equator Prize since 2002

Haoliang Xu: Speech on "The Changing Role of UNDP in Asia-Pacific" at Columbia University

As the global development architecture continues to change, UNDP is evolving from a donor into an advisor and development service provider; We maintained a $1 billion annual delivery while implementing a challenging change process; In 2017, our goal is to increase domestic public and private co-financing to 15 percent of our delivery as a means of adapting UNDP to the new development landscape.

United Nations Development Programme appoints actor Zhao Wei as National Goodwill Ambassador

Today acclaimed Chinese actress and film director Zhao Wei was appointed the National Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in China. In her new role, the actress will focus on raising awareness for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular highlighting poverty reduction and gender equality.

UN Development Programme Panda Champions for Global Goals Inaugurated

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today honoured 17 ‘Panda Champions for the Global Goals’ at a ceremony to appoint them as advocates for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) around the world.

UNDP Youth Solution Trip Inspires Young Leaders to Solve China’s Pressing Social Issues

The first phase of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP’s) ‘Youth Solution Trip’ officially comes to an end today, with the final submission of solutions by the participants. Four driven and determined young leaders have now completed the three-week research programme in Guizhou, Southwest China, and will submit their innovative ideas for solving local challenges.

A Vision for Sustainable, Inclusive and Resilient Chinese Cities

An assessment tool for Chinese cities has been developed to measure Chinese cities’ performance on sustainable development, based on a set of measurable indicators ranging from income, education, health to pollution, and resource consumption, with an aim to help drive urban development towards a more inclusive and resilient future, says a new urbanization report by The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in China.

UNDP launches Interactive Visualization Map of the Living Standards Dimension of the Human Development Index

25 Nov 2016 –The report "The Living Standards Dimension for the Human Development Index: Measuring poverty with Big Data' brings a measure called the Living Standards Index that addresses the multi-faceted and complex nature of poverty by combining eight indicators to evaluate the provision of services of the 2,284 counties across the country. The data collected from this report is now available in an interactive visualization map.

Engaging Citizens to Shape a Better World: UNDP launches online course to raise public awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals in China

To raise public awareness on the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and help China reach the goals and targets set forth by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) China today launched its Massive Open Online Course on Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development Goals (UNDP SDG MOOC) developed in cooperation with NetEase Media, as the first knowledge product to combine the global Agenda and China’s current situation.

Recent Publication: Trilateral Cooperation with China- Sharing China's Development Experience through Innovative Partnerships

Trilateral cooperation has emerged as an innovative form of South-South cooperation, involving three or more development actors from South-South cooperation provider countries, traditional bilateral development partners, multilateral development agencies as well as partner countries. China is increasingly piloting trilateral cooperation with other partners, which offers practical lessons learned and experience for the international development community.

South-South Cooperation Newsletter

The seventh quarterly South-South cooperation newsletter, In Focus, summarizes major events in China’s development cooperation from November 2016- January 2017, and provides highlights from the New China-CELAC Cooperation (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States).

Issue Brief: Endosulfan Phasing-Out in China

Endosulfan is an insecticide that has been phasing out globally due to its acute toxicity, potential for bioaccumulation, and its role as an endocrine disrupter that can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders. Because of its threats to human health and the environment, a global ban on the manufacture and use of endosulfan was negotiated under the Stockholm Convention in April 2011.

Recent Blog: Where Are We Going With Big Data and Artificial Intelligence?

By Patrick Haverman. I just came back from Wuzhen, a nice ancient touristic town in Zhejiang province. Since president Xi attended last year’s “world Internet forum”, it has gained the attention of the Internet World. The ideas of these conferences are not only focusing on applying big data in justice systems, poverty and living standards, but also inspiring us to think about how technology will transform the next generations in the future. It gave me a lot of food for thought on several topics of the future.