South-South Cooperation Central to UNDP-China Cooperation

16 May 2012

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Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, kicked off her official visit to China today. As her first stop of the visit, Miss Clark met with Mr. Xie Zhenhua, Vice-Minister of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) in an effort to deepen the collaboration between the two parties. She highlighted an enhanced South-South Cooperation as one of her key priorities as UNDP Administrator. Referring to her desire to see the strengthening of a strategic partnership between UNDP and China, which she herself signed with Premier Wen Jiabao in 2010, Miss Clark also sought to build closer links in areas of domestic importance. In particular, she signalled out inclusive socio-economic development and macro-economic planning as potential areas for furthering a long and fruitful cooperation that has already seen UNDP and the NDRC join forces to replace every light in China with an energy efficient alternative, among other projects.

After exchanging views with Minister Xie, Miss Clark attended the dialogue on China-India Country Studies on Low Carbon Development. This joint initiative between the NDRC and The Energy and Resource Institute (India) will offer the opportunity for these two countries, which together account for more than one third of the world’s total population, to work together to identifying the barriers to and the opportunities for pursuing a low carbon development path, and the range of policy instruments available to achieve that.

“The ways in which China and India develop is of importance not only to these two great nations and their peoples, but also to our whole world,” said Miss Clark. “In the transition to a green and inclusive economy, human development can be advanced and the integrity of ecosystems upheld.”