UNDP Administrator Meets with Chinese Premier

17 May 2012

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Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator, met with Premier Wen Jiabao to discuss the vital role that China will play in determining the success of the global sustainable development agenda, as well as UNDP's strengthened partnership with China. Having signed an agreement with Premier Wen in 2010, Miss Clark signalled out further strengthening South-South Cooperation and sharing China’s development experiences as one of her key priorities as UNDP Administrator. In doing so, she spoke of the achievements Chinese has made so far, including in poverty reduction and education, and called on the nation to rise up and fulfil its potential to lead the pursuit for a more sustainable and equitable global development pattern. Her remarks specifically highlighted China’s unique position to contribute to progress in developing countries through corporate social responsibility among its overseas business operators and through other South-South Cooperation mechanisms.

“China has enjoyed a period of tremendous growth and has learned many lessons along the way,” said Miss Clark. “It is important that we work together to share these experiences in a way that is most beneficial to developing countries, and I have been encouraged by China’s willingness and commitment to do so.”