Associate Administrator Delivers UN Distinguished Lecture on Sustainable Development at Peking University

16 Sep 2011

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.

During the lecture, Ms. Grynspan continued to echo her message of inclusion and sustainability in the pursuit of national and international development goals – a message which has been a constant theme throughout her first official visit to China. She also recognised the outstanding contribution that Peking University has made to the work of UNDP, as well as China’s unique position in terms of its ability to offer unprecedented support to human development globally.

“As the largest developing country in the world, China is in a unique position to inspire and promote sustainable development not only at home, but abroad,” she said. “China’s experience and its ongoing innovations can save other developing countries much needed time and expense in designing their own low-emission, climate-resilient paths,” said Ms. Grynspan.

UNDP has enjoyed a long and close association with Peking University, working together through the Beijing Forum – one of the most important annual events held in Beijing – and in coming together to promote both the Public Participation in Government Performance Assessments initiative and research on China-Africa Studies with the Chinese Centre for African Studies.