What We Do

UNDP promotes sustainable human development to help build resilient nations and to empower people to build better lives. As the UN's development network, UNDP has drawn on world-wide experience for over three decades to assist China both in developing solutions to its own ongoing development challenges, and in its south-south cooperation and engagement in global development. Domestically, our work focuses on Good Governance, Energy & Environment, Poverty Reduction, and Disaster Management. In terms of global and south-south work, our focuses are trilateral cooperation in third countries, experience sharing on foreign aid systems, global and regional issues, private sector engagement, and sharing development experiences and lessons through south-south dialogue.

Our Goals

UNDP’s goals in China are closely linked to the government’s. As well as implementing measures to facilitate the achievement of the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we provide support to the government’s domestic development as part of the 13th 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.


63 year-old Lin Zehua proudly displays the increased output from his mushroom field in Ji County, Tianjin.

Our Stories

  • Straws: From Unwanted Waste to Biomass Energy and Women Empowerment

    Straw was once welcomed by villagers in Xianhe village, Shanxi province as the agricultural by-product that could be used as food to feed the animals and fuel to heat up the stoves and clay beds. With China’s rapid development in technology and economy, farmers no longer consider straw as an essential commodity but instead burn it as unwanted waste during the harvest seasonmore

  • Heating the Community Centre with Cleaner Air

    Together with approximately 9,000 residents, Zhang Shaocheng lives in Zhaofeng, an old district in Tianjiang. In the past during the smoggy winters, they had to bear the repugnant smell of diesel fumes and lived in constant fear of a potential boiler explosionmore

Projects and Initiatives

Engaging with Chinese Companies for Sustainable Development Overseas

Currently, Chinese companies are faced with a complicated international situation and a severe business environment while in the process of “going abroad”, many problems cannot be effectively addressed at the corporate level. Meanwhile, as the pace of “going abroad” increases, the international community continues to pay more attention to Chinese corporations’ sustainable development and their international performance of CSR, thereby expecting higher standards. 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

Advance Leadership Programme for a xiaokang Society (Phase III)

This project was originally launched in 2004 to help China build a Xiaokang society by introducing a tested conceptual and operational framework to guide policy making and enhance the capacity of the senior officials to effectively provide leadership. Now in its third phase, it is supporting the Government’s efforts to empower senior leaders to tackle new development challenges. The project will also further enhance their understanding and commitment to Xiaokang society with focus on urbanisation, environmental protection, low carbon development, and social management and crisis prevention. more

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China: Reducing Carbon Footprint
UNDP @ 50- Fifty years of Partnerships and Development
UNDP @50 | PHOTO STORY | UNDP China In Focus 1979-2016
UNDAF Action Plan China 2016-2020

The United Nations Development Action Framework (2016-2020)

CPD China 2011-2015

The Country Programme Document (2011-2015)

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The Future We Want
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Annual Report 2013/2014

In all five regions of the developing world, UNDP supports progress that is sustainable, inclusive and resilient to setbacks. Our 2013-2014 Annual Report spotlights results from actions across core dimensions of development, from jobs and food security, to well-run elections, to crisis recovery, to the management of finite natural resources. All our efforts aim at one overarching and increasingly achievable goal: to help countries eradicate poverty and significantly reduce inequalities. 

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