UNDP China Programmes Recognised Following Regional Awards
An award ceremony was held in Beijing to acknowledge a series of awards received by the UNDP China Office at the UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific Cluster Meeting in Delhi (India). The awards included a Knowledge Management/Sharing Award in recognition of the success of the Technical Task Force Project (TTF) in China and its subsequent piloting in Sri Lanka. This project has so far seen millions of farmers benefit from technical assistance and training provided by 150,000 TTF personnel in all 31 of China’s provinces. As one of UNDP’s flagship programmes, assistance has helped farmers identify and introduce new technologies, develop community associations and expand the marketing dimensions of their existing business activities. A Climate Change Award for the Green Lights Project – an ambitious project to replace every incandescent light bulb in China with an energy efficient alternative – was also received on account of UNDP support for two energy-efficiency related roadmaps and the modernisation of production technologies, supply chains and consumer attitudes.
Other awards included a 2012 Equator Award for a Sustainable Biodiversity Management Project aimed at promoting sustainable biodiversity management and harvesting of traditional Chinese medicinal plants along the steep mountain landscapes of the Yangtze River basin. Meanwhile, having finished in the top 10 of the Annual UNDP Success Story Competition, an award was presented in recognition for the disaster relief and reconstruction efforts which UNDP coordinated and implemented after the Wenchuan Earthquake in 2008.