UN-led open design challenge held in Beijing to showcase how tech innovation can tackle social development challenges in China

China’s first ever UN-led open design challenge concluded today in Beijing’s 798 Art District, with 10 finalists showcasing innovative tech solutions designed to find solutions for pressing development challenges in China.

UNDP, Chinese bike-sharing start-up ofo join forces to support innovative solutions to climate change challenges

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and ofo, a Beijing-based start-up company that has become the world’s first and largest bike sharing platform, are joining forces to raise public awareness about climate change.

UNDP Executive Board welcomes appointment of Achim Steiner as new Administrator

New York – The President of the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today welcomed the appointment of Achim Steiner as the Organization’s new Administrator.

UNDP and WHO launch The Bill China Cannot Afford: Health Economic and Social Costs of China’s Tobacco Epidemic

The Bill China Cannot Afford: Health Economic and Social Costs of China’s Tobacco Epidemic is a groundbreaking report co-authored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The report, launched today, explores the current health, social and economic costs of tobacco on China’s development, and outlines the tobacco control measures that could avert many millions of deaths.

The need to move beyond demonstration- expanding renewable energy solutions in partnership with China

Picture Story- Hawa Adams is a vegetable farmer in Tamalgu, Ghana. Hawa lives with her husband and eight children. She complements her income through a pilot demonstration initiative together with UNDP and a local NGO, New Energy. Over the past two years, she and 77 other families in the community have been testing enhanced agriculture production methods using drip- and regular irrigation.

Training Course on Earthquake Emergency Search and Rescue held in Beijing

On the morning of April 17, in order to facilitate knowledge sharing and build capacity for increasing community earthquake resilience in Bangladesh, Nepal and China, The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in China, in partnership with National Disaster Reduction Center of China (NDRCC) of Ministry of Civil Affairs of People’s Republic of China launched the Training Course on Earthquake Emergency Search and Rescue in Beijing.

The Made in Africa Initiative Launches Senior Advisory Board

Support for industrialization in Africa received a boost this week with the launch of the Made in Africa Initiative (MIAI) Senior Advisory Board, an initiative that will create a strategic network of top development leaders’ minds to help facilitate the sustainable development of industrialization and economic transformation in Africa by drawing experiences from China and other emerging economies, in line with targets set out by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Norwegian Prime Minister meets with UNDP Representatives during Delegation visit to China

Norway’s Prime Minister H.E. Erna Solberg led a Norwegian delegation on an official visit to China from 7th to 10th April. The main purpose of the visit was to meet Chinese leaders and renew political and economic cooperation with China.

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: China-UNDP South-South and Global Partnership 2016 Highlights

China’s global development engagement has been gaining Through a strong partnership between United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Government of China, academic and policy institutions, enterprises and NGOs, UNDP offers development advisory services to help achieve the SDGs in China, as well as through China’s South-South cooperation globally. This brochure offers a glance at the key achievements in 2016 resulting from the China-UNDP Global Partnership, including on China’s development effectiveness and contribution to global governance mechanisms, as well as on specific trilateral projects bringing development solutions on the ground in other developing countries. Underpinned by research and analysis, UNDP aims to offer innovative solutions and inclusive approaches that benefit all stakeholders.

Climate Change Newsletter- Biennial Report on climate change and the ‘Two Meetings’

China’s announcement of a total energy consumption cap of 5 tons of coal equivalent comes after the success of the 12th Five-Year Plan from an energy perspective, in which energy and carbon targets were met and surpassed. Between 2011 and the end of 2015, energy intensity fell by 18.2% and carbon intensity declined 20%. These declines are due in large part to the drop in coal consumption: down 3.7% in 2015, following a 2.9% decrease in 2014. The total from all sources of energy in 2015 was 4.3 billion tons of coal equivalent, an increase of less than 1% from the previous year. This markedly slowed consumption, coupled with the decline in heavy industry, suggests that achieving a 5 billion metric ton energy cap will not be challenging.

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 Op-Ed: By Nicholas Rosellini-Multilateralism and the Chinese Dream

By Nicholas Rosellini: Pursuing protectionism is like locking oneself in a dark room,” Chinese President Xi Jinping warned the assembled leaders at the World Economic Forum earlier this year. “While wind and rain may be kept outside, that dark room will also block light and air.”