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. More>

Our Stories

Saving the Planet, One Appliance at a Time

I have a degree in Applied Chemistry, but I did not know much about Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and their damaging nature until I started working on pesticide management in 2007 in Hubei Province. Through my job I learnt that improper dismantling and processing of e-waste releases organic pollutants that have a detrimental impact on human health and the environment.more 

Abolishment of Re-education through Labour: Strengthening Rule of Law and Judicial Reform

Tang Hui is one of many who have found themselves on the wrong side of the re-education through labour (RTL) system in China. After the sexual assault of her daughter in 2006, Tang was dissatisfied with the sentence handed to the seven offenders and raised her grievance with the verdict. more 

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 

Mosuo in the World Market: From Remote Village in China to Modern Mall in Singapore

Growing up, woman artisan Luru-Dashima never imagined such a possibility: her scarves, resplendent in colour and painstakingly hand-woven, sit atop shiny modern surfaces in Tangs, an upscale Singaporean department store.more 

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China National Human Development Report 2016

Social Innovation for Inclusive Human Development 

The purpose of this Human Development Report entitled “Social Innovation for Inclusive Human Development” is to explore policy options to help address the upcoming challenges through innovations in social policies and public administration.

China’s unique national conditions make it difficult to use precedents as reference or to duplicate international experience. Thus this report, based on experience and lessons, especially the experience of social innovation, makes suggestions to improve human development that is more inclusive with a reduced level of inequality.

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The Report, entitled “Social Innovation for Inclusive Human Development”, explores the development challenges of China, where progress has come with increased inequalities and disparities, and provides policy options to address them through innovation on social policies and public governance.

Issue Brief:

China’s Climate Change South-South Cooperation - History and Future Trends

South-South cooperation in international development is now widely recognized as an important complement to North-South cooperation, and is rapidly growing as part of efforts in addressing climate change. The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation defines South-South cooperation as “…a broad framework for collaboration among developing countries in political, economic, social, cultural, environmental and technical domains, through which developing countries share knowledge, skills, expertise and resources to meet their development goals through concerted efforts”.

This Issue Brief will explore China’s response to climate change and South-South cooperation, and discuss UNDP’s global study- 'More Money, More Impact? China's Climate Change South-South Cooperation to Date and Future Trends'. 

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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 

  • China Hydrogen Economy Pilot in China (Rugao)

    China, the second largest economy in the world, has become the world’s largest energy producer and consumer. With its great dependency on fossil fuels, China became the largest emitter of greenhouse gases and has been seriously affected by air pollution.more 

  • China-Ghana-UNDP Trilateral Cooperation on Renewable Energy

    In recent years, Ghana has performed well in terms of increasing the share of electricity generation going to households from less than 40% in 2000 to 60% in 2010, and currently more than 70% of households nationwide have access to electricity.more 

  • Weaving into Happiness

    Although China has made enormous achievements in poverty reduction since economic reforms began back in 1978, progress among ethnic minorities still lags far behind national development standards. Ethnic minority groups account for 9% of Chinese population, yet make up nearly one third of its poor.more 

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China: Reducing Carbon Footprint