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  • 10 Aug 2010
    United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme East Asia Portfolio Manager visits Beijing Hong Dan Dan volunteer organization

    UNV East Asia Regional Manager Mr Oliver Wittershagen had a first-hand experience of Chinese NGO Hong Dan Dan’s work with blind people by joining beficiaries, volunteers and staff for an afternoon of intense cultural activity.

  • 26 Jul 2010
    The Asian Games volunteer work inherits the Beijing Olympics experience and advances volunteerism for development

    The promotion of volunteerism for development through mass games was strengthened through an international forum on volunteerism held at the China National Convention Center on 22 July and theGuangzhou Asian Games volunteer leader training camp in Guangzhou on 24 -26 July.

  • 21 Jul 2010
    Punitive laws and human rights violations limit access to HIV prevention and care services for men who have sex with men and transgender people in Asia Pacific

    Some 19 of 48 countries in the Asia Pacific region continue to criminalize male-to-male sex, and these laws often taken on the force of vigilantism, frequently leading to abuse and human rights violations. Correspondingly, HIV prevalence has reached alarming levels among men who have sex with men and transgender populations in many countries of the region. If countries fail to address the legal and human rights context of HIV, this already critical situation is likely to become worse. The implementation of effective, national HIV responses requires governments to consider and address the effects of laws and law enforcement practices on the health of men who have sex with men and transgender people.

  • 20 Jul 2010
    Goodwill Ambassador Zhou Xun Donates Award Winnings to UNDP’s Yushu Relief Efforts

    UNDP announced today in Beijing that its National Goodwill Ambassador Zhou Xun generously donated her Champion of the Earth award winnings (US$ 19,975) to UNDP’s Yushu Earthquake Emergency Rehabilitation of Community Infrastructure in Earthquake Affected Areas Project, to meet the immediate needs of Yushu earthquake survivors through providing them with fire-preventive facilities for their resettlement centers.

  • 05 Jul 2010
    2010 “Show the World” Goodwill Action: Dadawa Chinese Ethnic Handicraft Collection Tour Kicks Off in Beijing

    World-renowned music artist and National Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) China, Ms. Zhu Zheqin (a.k.a. Dadawa) kicked-off today in Beijing her "Chinese Ethnic Handicraft Collection Tour," as part of her joint initiative with UNDP "Show the World". In her capacity as UNDP's national Goodwill Ambassador, Dadawa will promote culture-based development for ethnic minorities in China through preserving culturally invaluable ethnic music and handicrafts that are at risk of being lost.

  • 29 Jun 2010
    Volunteer-powered elderly care project grows in Beijing communities

    50 Resident Committee officers from different neighbourhood communities in Beijing were trained by UNV and UNDP supported grassroot organization on community-based volunteer service for the elderly

  • 24 Jun 2010
    UNDP Puts Forward Eight-Point Action Agenda to Reduce Poverty

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched, today, an extensive assessment of what must be done to advance sustainable development and reduce global poverty. The report, titled What Will It Take To Achieve The Millennium Development Goals? An International Assessment, identifies a concrete action agenda to inform the outcome of the World leaders MDG Summit in New York, this September.

  • 24 Jun 2010
    Change a Light Bulb, Change the World – International Workshop for Phase-Out of Inefficient Lighting

    International and domestic policy makers and experts in the field of sustainability and green lighting gathered today in Beijing to explore a hot topic: climate change, and how merely changing a light bulb can significantly mitigate the threat.

  • 02 Jun 2010
    Migrant children celebrate Children’s Day with Qinghua University volunteers

    Beijing, China - On Children’s Day, 1st June, disadvantadged children let their dreams fly kicking a football with their volunteer playmates. The “Freeing your dreams, growing together” event was the first activity implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme supported project, “Strengthening Volunteerism for Development in China through the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games”, in cooperation with the Beijing Home of Migrant Workers, a volunteerism for development pilot project. It was supported by the Henan Representative Office in Beijing (most migrant workers in Beijing come from underdeveloped Henan province), and jointly organized with Voluntary Service Overseas, China (VSO) to contribute to the 1GOAL global campaign. 1GOAL is bringing together footballers, fans, charities, corporations and individuals to encourage action towards the attainment of the ambitious Millennium Development Goal of achieving universal primary education.

  • 18 May 2010
    UNDP launches “We Can End Poverty” photo contest

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with Olympus Corporation and the Agence France-Presse (AFP) Foundation, launched the second annual Picture This photo contest today in Johannesburg, South Africa. The contest, titled Picture This: We Can End Poverty, seeks to show the inspirational work that is being done in many countries to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight goals agreed on by world leaders to halve extreme poverty by 2015.

  • 14 May 2010
    UN steps up efforts to assist people affected by the Yushu earthquake

    The United Nations announced today it is stepping up efforts to assist the people affected by last month’s devastating Yushu earthquake. Several UN agencies are providing emergency relief assistance in the shelter, food, nutrition, health, education and sanitation sectors. These relief efforts are partly funded by a grant of US $4.7 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

  • 12 May 2010
    Ms. Renata Lok-Dessallien Presents Letters of Credence

    On 4 May 2010, Ms. Renata Lok-Dessallien officially presented to H.E. Mr. Yang Jiechi, Chinese Foreign Minister, the Letters of Credence accrediting her as the United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Program Resident Representative in China. Foreign Minister Yang welcomed Ms. Lok-Dessallien to China and expressed his hopes for continued enhancement of the cooperation between China and the UN System including UNDP and assured her of all necessary facilitation for her work.

  • 30 Apr 2010
    Renata Lok Dessallien - UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the People’s Republic of China

    The United Nations System in the People’s Republic of China welcomes the appointment of Ms. Renata Lok Dessallien as the country’s new Resident Coordinator. She succeeds Mr. Khalid Malik, whose term concluded in early April 2010. Ms. Dessallien, who will also serve as the country’s UNDP Resident Representative, enters office upon serving in the same capacity with the United Nations’ country office in Bangladesh.

  • 15 Apr 2010
    China's low carbon future at critical crossroads, says new report

    If the negative impacts of climate change and environmental degradation are not adequately addressed in China, there is a danger that three decades of social and economic achievements may be reversed, according to the latest China Human Development Report. China’s most strategic choice is to embark on a low carbon development path that will preserve and increase its human development achievements in the years to come, says the publication which was commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with Renmin University of China.

  • 15 Apr 2010
    Low-Carbon Development is imperative for China: New report debates country’s green growth future

    According to the latest China Human Development Report entitled, China and a Sustainable Future, Towards a Low Carbon Economy and Society, China faces “no other choice” but to shift to a low carbon approach in shaping the country’s future social and economic development agenda. Commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with Renmin University of China, the publication asserts that the most strategic option for policymakers is to embark on a low-carbon development path that will preserve and increase its human development achievements in the years to come.

  • 15 Apr 2010
    Timing and sequencing of China’s low-carbon policies play a critical role in the country’s future growth

    Introducing an evolutionary low-rate carbon tax system in sectors where costs of carbon reduction are not high or perhaps even negative and then earmarking the revenue to subsidize R&D on state-of-the art technologies, is one of the urgent policy recommendations advanced by the latest China Human Development Report entitled, China and a Sustainable Future, Towards a Low Carbon Economy and Society. Commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with Renmin University of China, the publication suggests that a gradual and smart shift to low carbon development is the best option in allowing China to better balance further economic development with environmental sustainability. Given the inherent challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, selecting the right policies at the right times will be a key component in advancing the country’s future progress.

  • 02 Apr 2010
    Statement on the Misuse of UNDP Name and Emblem

    It has come to our attention that certain organizations in China are misusing the name of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for their own ends. The UNDP Office in China would like to make it absolutely clear that the use of UNDP name and emblem without authorization is prohibited.

  • 01 Apr 2010
    Launch of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework for China 2011-2015

    Vice Minister of Commerce Mr. Yi Xiaozhun, and UN Resident Coordinator in China, Mr. Khalid Malik, today launched the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for China 2011-2015. The new UNDAF will provide the overall framework for the work of 24 UN Agencies in supporting China over the course of China’s 12th Five Year Plan.

  • 29 Mar 2010
    National Goodwill Ambassador Zhou Xun Visits UNEP Headquarters Based in Africa

    It was her first trip to Africa, and before leaving the country Zhou Xun announced it would not be her last. On her inaugural visit to Kenya as United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) China Goodwill Ambassador, the actress toured United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters where she met with UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.

  • 27 Mar 2010
    UNDP and GEF kick off a green initiative to empower local communities and NGOs in protecting the environment and combating climate change

    10,000 households living in Beijing’s Chaoyang District, the city’s largest and most populated area, will participate in a community-based green campaign aimed to reduce the monthly electricity consumption by 1 kWh per family during this coming summer (from June to August). An endeavor as such will lead to a carbon dioxide reduction of up to 50 tonnes and more importantly, a behavior change as each household adopts to live a low-carbon, sustainable life.

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