Democratic Governance

China is ruled by a government of officials internally appointed from the Communist Party of China (CPC). The country is administered at several levels by Central, Provincial and Local government. China’s top leadership pairing of President and Prime Minister changes decennially, with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang most recently appointed at the 18th National party Congress in November 2012 before entering office in March 2013.

Our Goals

UNDP works with the Government by supporting the current 12th Five-Year Plan which includes goals to make the governance process in China more transparent, equitable and inclusive, by supporting pilot projects for new governance techniques and providing high-level context-specific policy recommendations. At present our shared focus is on improving the rule of law, promoting more widespread participation through government performance assessment and extending social governance by increasing the involvement of civil society in the governance process. more

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Democratic Governance

A volunteer distributes materials in Douzuizi village, Sichuan province as part of a UNDP legal aid project.

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Projects and Initiatives

Public Participation in Governance Performance Assessment for MDG Acceleration in China

The overall aims of this project are to help establish a transparent, responsive and accountable public administration system by promoting public participation in government performance assessment (PPGPA). An analysis was undertaken of the eight typical models of local PPGPA, which summarised the patterns of current PPGPA in the Chinese national context. From this best practices and lessons learnt have been identified, the main obstacles to PPGPA’s development assessed and suggestions provided for improving PPGPA in the future. more

Protect the Environmental Rights and Justice of the Public

The project helped establish a public interest litigation system in China’s civil procedure. China’s new Civil Procedure Law endorsed the ACEF-UNDP legislative proposal to qualify Civil Society Organisations as plaintiffs in public interest litigation to the National People’s Congress. more

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Human Development Report 2013
The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World

The 2013 Human Development Report – "The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World" – examines the profound shift in global dynamics driven by the fast-rising new powers of the developing world and its long-term implications for human development.

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