South-South & Global Cooperation

In 2010, the United Nations Development Programme and Chinese government signed a new agreement on strengthening South-South cooperation between the two sides. This was the first time China signed an agreement with a multilateral partner. UNDP administrator Helen Clark and former Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao were together in New York to witness this historical moment. Since then, the UNDP and China have jointly implemented multiple innovative projects, not only to promote South-South cooperation between China and other developing countries, but also to improve China's participation in international affairs.

Our Goals

Every country has different development needs and challenges, South-South tries to match unique solutions to developing countries' needs. Based on this, the UNDP implements projects to promote the practice of experience-sharing between countries and offer a range of policy choices for different countries. As China’s global role and development assistance continues to grow, UNDP’s work with China under the Strengthened Partnership agreement focuses on five key areas: (1) Trilateral Cooperation (2) Experience Sharing on Foreign Aid Systems (3) Global and Regional Issues (4) Private Sector Engagement and South-South Cooperation (5) Sharing Development Experiences and Lessons through South-South Dialogue more>

UNDP-China-Cambodia Trilateral Project

Cambodian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), UNDP and stakeholders discuss cassava to increase farmers’ incomemore

Industrialization for Job Creation and Poverty Reduction in Africa – Case from Rwanda

The Made in Africa Initiative aims to help African countries capitalize on the experience of China and other Asian economies to identify their comparative advantage and capture the window of opportunity for industrialisation. The initiative bridges the gap in information between African countries, prospective Chinese investors and international buyers to generate quick successes in export orientated manufacturing, whilst at the same time promoting inclusive and sustainable development.

Global Governance

  • Global Governance Initiative

    The High-Level Policy Forum on Global Governance is part of the Global Governance Initiative between UNDP China and the China Centre for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE) since 2012. more 

  • Belt and Road Initiative

    China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is an economic framework developed to increase connectivity between China and over 100 countries and international organizations, based on the ancient Silk Road land and maritime routes. more 

UNDP-China Trilateral Cooperation Projects

  • A Snapshot of Projects

    Trilateral cooperation offers a unique approach to development where multiple actors join hands in promoting new, innovative solutions that build on international best practices and concrete experiences gained in other countries under a common goal of reducing poverty and enhancing mutual development benefits. more 

The Sustainable Development of Chinese Enterprises Overseas

The 2015 Report on the Sustainable Development of Chinese Enterprises Overseas- Chinese enterprises are assuming an increasingly prominent role overseas, with Chinese outward direct investment (ODI) rising at an average rate of 36.4% each year since 2000. Yet, while welcome in principle by developing countries, the story about the impact of Chinese companies operating overseas has often been misunderstood. A new report, the 2015 Report on the Sustainable Development of Chinese Enterprises Overseas was launched to investigate and counterbalance this narrative, with ground-breaking new evidence.

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