About UNDP in China

UNDP first began its operations in China in September 1979, around the same time that Deng Xiaoping began open market reforms. This event was marked by the signing of the UNDP-Government of China Standard Basic Assistance Agreement and UNDP has since mobilised more than one billion US$ in support of China's development efforts. It has successfully completed over 900 projects amid a diverse portfolio ranging from agriculture to manufacturing, energy, public health, poverty alleviation and economic restructuring.

Since 1982, UNDP has developed and implemented five themed Country Programmes and Cooperation Frameworks, working closely with the China International Centre for Economic and Technical Exchanges (CICETE). Through this, and many other successful partnerships and projects, thousands of Chinese citizens have received training, while key ministries’ and Institutes’ capacities have been strengthened.

In view of the rapidly changing contours of China's development requirements, UNDP China has continued to evolve and currently works in four main project areas: poverty, equity and governance; energy and the environment; disaster management; and South-South cooperation – an international platform facilitating development partnerships between China and other developing countries in the South.

What do we want to accomplish?

UNDP’s goals in China are closely linked to the government’s. As well as implementing measures to facilitate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on schedule, we provide support to the government’s domestic development as part of the present 12th Five-Year Plan, the focus of which is on reducing inequality, recalibrating the economy for more inclusive, stable growth, reducing the environmental impacts of China’s rapid development and continuing China’s emergence as a key player on the global stage.

What are our results?

China’s development in recent decades has been extraordinary. Since 1981 over 500 million in the country have been lifted out of poverty, exceeding the MDG target to half the amount of people living on less than a dollar a day. MDG targets have also been met on universal primary education and reducing child mortality.

In other respects performance has also been good. Gender equality is improving, with gender disparity in education almost gone and new laws drafted to protect women, such as the recent introduction of China’s first laws to combat domestic violence against women. Further work however remains to be done on improving access for women to higher-level management positions. Efforts to halt the spread of HIV have been fruitful, as have efforts to de-stigmatise the disease and ensure adequate support is available to persons living with HIV/AIDS.

UNDP has also pioneered a new corporate approach – South-South Cooperation – in China. The Country Office here is assisting China to export its knowledge and experiences to other developing nations. This new modality has been met with great enthusiasm by all parties concerned and looks set to be a key part of our operations.

Who are the decision makers?

The Resident Coordinator, who is the Executive Representative of the Secretary General, heads the UN Country Team in China and is also the Resident Representative of UNDP China.

UNDP China is managed by a Country Director who is responsible for ensuring the effective day-to-day management of UNDP Country Office and assumes overall responsibility for the UNDP programme and operations to ensure coherence and strategic direction of UNDP activities. The Country Director is supported by one Deputy Country Director.

UNDP works in close collaboration with a host of government ministries and implementing partners to ensure coherence and effective integration with China’s development priorities.


Current Staff Count for China

Contract Type Sub Total        
         Service Contract     13
         UN Volunteers     18
         UNDP Staff     39
         Total     70

Our Consultants

Consultant Name or Number Job Title Type of Contract  Contract value (USD)/year
Consultant 1 Associate Programme Officer Service Contract
Consultant 2
National Programme Coordinator Service Contract 54,664.00
2016-2020 Documents
UNDAF Action Plan 2016-2020

The UNDAF provides a clear strategic direction for the UN system in China to support China over 2016-2020 in three priority areas: 

1) Poverty Reduction and Equitable Development – The aim is to help more people, particularly the vulnerable and disadvantaged, to enjoy improved living conditions and increased opportunities for economic, social and cultural development. 
2) Improved and Sustainable Environment – The aim is for more people to enjoy a cleaner, healthier and safer environment as a result of improved environmental protec-tion and sustainable green growth.
3) Enhanced Global Engagement – The aim is to contribute to the effectiveness of Chi-na’s engagement in international cooperation for the mutual benefit of China and the world.

2011-2015 Documents
UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in China
Mr. Alain Noudehou

Mr. Noudéhou is UN Resident Coordinator (UN RC), and UNDP Resident Representative (UNDP RR) in the People’s Republic of China.  As the UN RC, Mr Noudéhou is the most senior UN Official accredited in China and leads the United Nations Country Team (made up of 21 Heads of UN agencies, funds and programs) to ensure the coherence of United Nations activities in China. In his role of UNDP RR, he provides overall leadership for the strategic engagement of UNDP in China.

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UNDP Country Director, China
Ms. Agi Veres

Ms. Agi Veres is the Country Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in China. She is responsible for ensuring the effective day-to-day management of UNDP Country Office and assumes overall responsibility for the UNDP programme and operations to ensure coherence and strategic direction of UNDP activities in China.

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Resident Coordinator Annual Report
2013 Resident Coordinator's Annual Report



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Contact UNDP in China

Phone: +8610 85320800
Email: registry.cn@undp.org
Fax: +8610 85320900

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