China has made great leaps in reducing poverty and reaching the benchmarks laid out in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), lifting more than 500 million of its citizens out of extreme poverty over the last three decades. However, there remain areas that are still in need of improvement. Not everyone has been able to benefit equally from the development and economic growth, with rural and ethnic minority areas lagging behind. China is working to respond to the demand for participation in political and social affairs. UNDP engages with China on issues of equity and develops more responsive and accountable public service delivery and inclusive governance, in line with the priorities laid out at the Third Plenum of the 18th Party Congress.
UNDP works to assist the government in ensuring that the benefits of China’s rapid advances in so many areas are enjoyed by all. UNDP’s approach emphasises tackling the causes of poverty, rather than merely alleviating its symptoms, and influencing attitudes among stakeholders accordingly. UNDP also works with the Government by supporting the current 13th Five-Year Plan which includes goals to make the governance process in China more transparent, equitable and inclusive.more
Poverty, Equity and Governance
The Living Standards Dimension of the Human Development Index
Measuring Poverty with Big Data
Partnering with Baidu to provide big data, the report brings a measure called the Living Standard Dimension of the Human Development Index that addresses the multi-faceted and complex nature of poverty by combining eight indicators to evaluate the provision of services of the 2,284 counties across the country. The eight indicators include: access to piped water, access to sanitary toilets, access to indoor kitchens, access to living services, access to financial services, access to roads, mobile internet coverage, and nighttime light density.
To view the report and check out the Interactive Visualisation Map here
Smart Cities and Social Governance: Promoting Community Engagement in Public Decision Making
Projects and Initiatives
This programme works to reduce poverty and protect traditional cultural expressions by leveraging cultural resources to develop livelihoods: specifically, the protection of Old Lhasa, sustainable tourism and trade development.more
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).more
UNDP China initiated a project called “Philanthropy for Sustainable Development in China” in collaboration with the China Foundation Center (CFC) in early 2017. Drawing on the CFC’s core data and existing platform, this collaborative project aims at comprehensively capturing and understanding the existing contribution of China’s philanthropic sector to the sustainable development goals. The key findings of the “Philanthropy for Sustainable Development in China” are based on a powerful database, in-depth data analysis, and present the results through various data visualization tools and a real-time publicly accessible platform.more
As mounting research and data reflects, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people all over the world continue to experience violations of their human rights and exclusion. This Handbook sets out relevant human rights frameworks and highlights the role of parliamentarians in implementing Agenda 2030, to ensure no one, including LGBTI people, is left behind. It offers practical tips, tools and resources designed to support parliamentarians to undertake legislative, representational and oversight activities that advance the rights and inclusion of LGBTI people.more