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  • 10 Feb 2012
    Moving in the right direction: environmental rights services in China

    A joint press briefing was held today to announce the launch of a new 'Guide Handbook for the Maintenance of Environment Rights'. This new publication is part of a joint two-year initiative between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the All-China Environment Federation (ACEF), and is intended to encourage people to learn about and protect their legal right to a clean environment.

  • 05 Dec 2011
    Significant Milestones lead to Celebration of Volunteerism in China

    Commemorative events for the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers (IYV+10), International Volunteer Day and the 30th anniversary of UN Volunteers (UNV) in China were held in China on the 4 and 5 Dec 2011.

  • 05 Dec 2011
    UNDP China resident representative praises the potential of New China Centre on Climate Change at showcase side event during United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa

    Ms. Renata Dessallien, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, joined Mr. Xie Zhenhua, Vice Chairman of National Development Reform Commission and Head of China Delegation to Durban, and Mr. Sun Lin, Director General, Department of Personnel for the NDRC, in discussing the creation of the National Climate Change Strategy Research and International Cooperation Center (NCSC) at an official side event of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa. UNDP China views the recently established NCSC as a key avenue for joint collaborations in support of China's climate change efforts.

  • 05 Dec 2011
    Volunteering for Social Harmonious Development Forum and Volunteering Expo

    the Volunteering for Harmonious Social Development Forum and the Volunteer Expo were held by the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), the School of Social Development and Public Policy of Beijing Normal University (BNU) and Beijing Hui Zeren as part of the events commemorating the 10th anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers (IYV+10).

  • 05 Dec 2011
    UNDP and NDRC Discuss China’s Policies and Action Plans for Green and Low Carbon Development during United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa

    At China's official side event during United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, leaders from China's National Development Reform Commission (NDRC) and United Nations Development Programme discussed China's policies and actions for addressing climate change and specifically addressed China's Policies and Action Plans for Green and Low Carbon Development as included in the Twelfth Five Year Plan (FYP).

  • 01 Dec 2011
    30 Years of UN Volunteers in China: a milestone for global development

    Thirty years since the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) undertook its first project in China, a celebration was held to reflect on the contributions that volunteering has made to peace and development over the past three decades. Today's event was organised by UNV China office and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) China and coincided with the 10th Anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers (IYV+10), an initiative that has unified people around the world to reinvigorate global volunteer service.

  • 24 Oct 2011
    United Nations Celebrates 66th Anniversary, Outlines Vision for the Future

    On the 66th Anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations (UN), a special commemorative event was held today organized the UN System in China and UN Association of China (UNA) to celebrate the achievements made in the promotion of peace and security, human rights and development. In an interconnected world that has recently seen financial, political and environmental crises occur almost simultaneously, it has also provided an opportunity for reflection on the need for a globally coordinated response to global challenges.

  • 17 Oct 2011
    UN and China Mark International Poverty Eradication Day with Major Forum

    A high-level forum was held today in Beijing to mark the 19th International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, bringing together government leaders, policy makers, development practitioners, and other members of the international community, to exchange ideas on how best to accelerate and achieve sustainable poverty reduction in China and globally. More than 200 representatives from over 30 countries attended the 2011 Global Poverty Reduction and Development Forum, which was hosted by the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development of China and the UN System in China, and co-organised by International Poverty Reduction Centre in China (IPRCC) and UNDP China.

  • 17 Oct 2011
    “Zoom-in on Poverty” global photo contest offers a glimpse of world poverty and calls for refocus and action

    As the world observed the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, an award ceremony and exhibition were held today to mark the conclusion of the “Zoom-in on Poverty” Global Photo Contest. Organised by the Xinhua News Agency and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), this competition has offered a timely insight into the status of world poverty through compelling photographs that portray some of the major causes, solutions and achievements made in poverty alleviation to date.

  • 23 Sep 2011
    Beijing passes the Olympic Volunteer Legacy torch to London

    After sharing the 2008 Olympic Volunteer work experience with the 2010 Shanghai Expo, 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games and Kazakhstan 2011 Asian Winter Games, Beijing has now completed the Olympic Volunteer legacy transfer journey by passing the torch to the next Olympic Games host city, London. A delegation composed by an expert of the Beijing Olympic Volunteer Expert Roster, a Beijing Volunteer Federation officer in charge of the Olympic Volunteer Legacy, China International Center for Economic and Technical Exchanges and UNV China Field Unit exchanged information with representatives of the Greater London Authority and the Executive Olympic Committee in an interactive session on 22nd September.

  • 16 Sep 2011
    UNDP Associate Administrator Concludes China Trip with A Promise to Strengthen South-South Cooperation

    United Nations Under-Secretary-General and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Associate Administrator, Ms. Rebeca Grynspan, is to complete her week-long visit to China, in which she met with senior government officials to discuss the progress and evolution of UNDP’s strengthened partnership with China on South-South Cooperation. At a time when China is increasingly looking to share its impressive development experiences with the world, this has been seen as crucial in taking China’s commitment to human development to the next level.

  • 14 Sep 2011
    Working Women: A Powerful Resource for Development - UNDP announce new partnership to promote female entrepreneurship in China

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), China Women's Development Foundation (CWDF) and cosmetic firm, Mary Kay (China) announced today that they would join forces under a new partnership to promote female entrepreneurship among China's ethnic minority women, and empower them to become leaders and decision makers in their own communities and beyond.

  • 09 Sep 2011
    UNDP Associate Administrator to Visit China

    United Nations Under-Secretary-General and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Associate Administrator, Ms. Rebecca Grynspan, will visit China on 11-17 September. Her visit comes at a crucial time, as UNDP entered a new era of cooperation with China, focusing on sharing experience and knowledge for the benefit of other developing countries.

  • 16 Aug 2011
    China-UNDP Trilateral Cooperation Tops the Agenda in Meeting with MOFCOM

    UNDP Resident Representative in China, Ms. Renata Dessallien (photo) met with Mr. Yu Jianhua, Assistant Minister at the Ministry of Commerce in Beijing on 16 August 2011. The meeting was also attended by Deputy Director General, Mr. Zhu Hong, and Mr. Lu Feng, Director at the Chinese Foreign Aid Department. Guided by the desire to enhance cooperation, discussions focused on China’s strategic partnership with Cambodia; the Greater Tumen Initiative and the forthcoming visits of UNDP Associate Administrator, Ms. Rebecca Grynspan and UNDP Administrator, Ms. Helen Clark, later this year.

  • 10 Aug 2011
    Resident Representative Meets State Council Director for Hong Kong and Macao

    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.

  • 09 Aug 2011
    Second Phase of Global Photo Contest Sees Journalists Travel Africa

  • 09 Aug 2011
    UNDP Hosts International Policy Dialogue with Rwandan Ambassador

    On 9 August 2011, UNDP Resident Representative in China, Ms. Renata Dessallien (photo) hosted Rwandan Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, H.E. Mr. Francois Xavier Ngarambe in an international policy dialogue on the history, achievements and vision of the Rwandan people and government. As a significant beneficiary of Chinese aid since friendly relations were established in the 1950’s, including the construction of a major national hospital and agricultural demonstration facility, Mr. Ngarembe spoke of Rwanda’s difficult past and determination to rebuild itself politically, economically and socially. Inspired by progress made in pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals in Rwanda, he also talked of a proud nation with low crime rates, high levels of female participation in politics, strong institutions, zero tolerance towards corruption, safe and secure waterways – and absolutely no plastic bags!

  • 17 Jul 2011
    Knowing Your Environmental Rights is the Key to a Clean Environment

    In conjunction with the Global Eco-Forum in Guiyang (16-17 July), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) held a side event today to raise awareness about the issue of environmental rights among the general public in China. As China seeks to encourage greater public engagement in holding those responsible for environmental degradation to accountability, this initiative was based on a UNDP project entitled “Protect the Environmental Rights and Justice of the Public”, and is seen as a crucial step towards public environmental litigation systems in China.

  • 01 Jul 2011
    Pioneering Social Management Innovation in China

    The launch of the China Academy of Social Management and the First Social Management Forum in China were held together on 7 May 2011. Co-organised by UNDP and hosted by Beijing Normal University, this event was attended by Vice-Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CCCPC), Mr. Zhen Zongxing, UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Renata Dessallien, and a number of other senior representatives from Chinese ministries, policy research institutes and think tanks.

  • 01 Jul 2011
    International Seminar on the Jury System and Wuzhong People’s Assessors System

    An International Seminar on the Chinese Jury System was organised by the Personnel Department of the Supreme People’s Court and hosted by the Wuzhong District Court in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, on 11-12 May 2011. With over 85 judges and officials from local and central court systems, and representatives from the People’s Congress, EU China Delegation, the Chinese Institute of Economic and Technical Exchange (CICETE) and UNDP in attendance, the seminar provided stakeholders with a comprehensive summary of the achievements made in piloting People’s Assessor reforms in Wuzhong.