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Sustainable Development Rests on Opportunities for Global and Regional CooperationSustainable Development Rests on Opportunities for Global and Regional Cooperation
UNDP Administrator Miss Helen Clark met with Mr. Yang Jiechi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, to discuss cooperation opportunities between UNDP and China on global and regional issues, including the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), the post-2015 development agenda and strengthening partnership for South-South Cooperation.
In New York on 22 September 2010, in the margins of the MDG Summit, UNDP and the Government of China signed a new agreement to strengthen their long-standing cooperation. The agreement centres on strengthening South-South cooperation, building on China's success in lifting 500 million people out of poverty and advancing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Under the agreement, UNDP and China will share experience and knowledge in supporting other developing country efforts on, for example, poverty reduction, agriculture, health care and capacity building.
Ahead of a proposed partnership on south-south cooperation between UNDP and the Government of Macao, a meeting was held between UNDP Resident Representative in China, Ms. Renata Dessallien (photo) and the State Council Director for Hong Kong and Macao, Mr. Wang Guangya, in Beijing on 10 August 2011. During the meeting, Ms. Dessallien congratulated the Chinese Government for its successful implementation of the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ policy in Hong Kong and Macao and discussed the best approach to cooperation with Portuguese speaking African Countries and in seeking implementing a Low Carbon Offset Initiative – two proposals currently under consideration by the Macao Government. Mr. Wang responded encouragingly to the proposals, expressing China’s commitment to south-south cooperation and its aspirations in helping other countries achieve peace and development, having benefitted from international aid in the past.
A high level roundtable meeting on 2013's Human Development Report "Rise of the South - Human Progress in a Diverse World" was held on Thursday in Beijing. Mr. Khalid Malik, Head of the Human Development Report Office at UNDP HQ, Mr. Cheng Siwei, Mr. Christophe Bahuet, Country Director of UNDP China, Mr. Lu Mai, Mr. Chi Fulin, and more than 40 representatives from government and think tanks participated in discussions on South-South cooperation and the changing global role of China in light of the 2013Human Development Report's findings.
UN Under-Secretary General and UNDP Associate Administrator, Ms. Rebeca Grynspan, met with Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Zhang Kunsheng, on 16 September 2011, to discuss progress made since the signing of a strategic agreement on South-South Cooperation, entered into by UNDP and the Government of China in 2009.
Associate Administrator Delivers UN Distinguished Lecture on Sustainable Development at Peking University
Recognising academia as an important contributor to China’s ability to share its development experiences with the world, through South-South Cooperation, Under Secretary General and UNDP Associate Administrator, Ms. Rebeca Grynspan took part in a special guest lecture entitled ‘Towards Sustainable Development: New Challenges and Opportunities’. Held at Peking University, on 16 September 2011, Ms. Grynspan was accompanied by a large UNDP delegation including UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Ms. Renata Dessallien. As President of Peking University, Professor Zhou Qifeng was also in attendance.
In conjunction with UNDP's efforts to promote South-South Cooperation and export its highly successful Technical Task Force (TTF) model to other developing countries around the world, UNDP China and UNDP Sri Lanka came together to organise a high-level overseas mission for the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and arranged in-depth dialogue sessions with the Sri Lankan Government on 18-23 December 2011.
On 27 December 2011, UNDP and the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) launched a pioneering joint pilot initiative with the Government of Cambodia. More than 30 participants took part in a three-week training course on cassava cultivation techniques, under an initiative established as part of a Memorandum of Understanding between UNDP and China to promote South-South Cooperation.
A roundtable event held in Beijing on 11 July 2011 marked the launch of the Emerging Countries Network for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth. This joint initiative, established between UNDP China and the Institute of Advanced Studies for Sustainability at Renmin University, aims to promote a diversified perspective towards South-South Cooperation among leading academic institutions and experts in emerging countries by sharing development experiences and lessons.
A seminar on Financing of Micro and Small Enterprises: Experience from China was jointly organised by the International Poverty Reduction Centre in China (IPRCC) and UNDP on 20 June 2011. The seminar brought together government officials and experts from Asia and Africa and provided an opportunity for participants to share experiences in the adaptation, improvement and application of micro-financing as a fundamental component in poverty reduction initiatives. Among those present, were Mr. Wei Chongjin, Deputy Director-General of the IPRCC, and Mr. Napoleon Navarro, UNDP Country Director a.i.