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 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.


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

Our Stories

  • Medical Devices Factory Combats Environmental Concerns

    Yu Jiao, a young female employee at Zhejiang Kindly Medical Devices Co. Ltd (KDL) has worked for years in the medical devices industry in very difficult conditions. “Our company has a huge cleaning workload at an annual amount of 400,000 or so pieces of fixtures.” more

Projects and Initiatives

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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The Future We Want

Featured Publication
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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