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  • 28 May 2011
    Democratic Governance Thematic Trust Fund Conducts Project Review

    Following the successful completion of the Democratic Governance Thematic Trust Fund Project: Support for the Development of a Governance Assessment Framework in China, a review mission was conducted by the UNDP Oslo Governance Centre (OGC) in Beijing on 23-28 May 2011. Throughout the event proceedings, experts from the OGC and the UNDP Asia Pacific Regional Centre (APRC) held highly productive discussions with the project’s main partners, including the China Centre for Comparative Politics and Economics (CCCPE), the China Academy of Governance, Tsinghua University, Peking University, Beijing Normal University, Renmin University, Unirule Institute of Economics and the Shining Stone Community Action Group.

  • 27 May 2011
    International Seminar on “Governance and Governance Assessment: China and the World”

    Against the backdrop of China’s 12th Five-Year Plan to strengthen governance and promote the construction of a socialist political civilization, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in China has today hosted a joint one-day international seminar on governance with the China Comparative Center for Politics and Economics (CCCPE) of the Central Compilation and Translation Bureau.

  • 26 May 2011
    UNDP, Xinhua Launch Poverty-themed Global Photo Contest

    As part of a broader partnership that exists between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and China’s Xinhua News Agency, a press conference was held on Friday 27 May 2011 to officially launch a joint International Photography Competition aimed at raising awareness of the need to work together to eradicate extreme poverty throughout the world.

  • 19 May 2011
    UNDP and United Front Work Department Discuss Poverty Alleviation Strategies

    As UNDP looks to strengthen its poverty alleviation portfolio and contribute to greater poverty reduction in China and the world, Ms. Renata Dessallien, UNDP Representative, attended a meeting with the Vice-Minister of the United Front Work Department (UFWD), Mr. Quan Zhezhu, on 19 May 2011. During which, Mr. Quan provided a comprehensive introduction of the functions and the work of the UWFD, in areas of poverty alleviation and south-south cooperation.

  • 18 May 2011
    Resident Representative Meets with Peking University President

    On 18 May 2011, UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Renata Dessallien met with Mr. Zhou Qifeng, President of Peking University, in Beijing. The meeting provided an opportunity to exchange views on promoting public participation in governance performance assessments, as well as other areas of common interest, and follows an agreement between the two institutions to cooperate in human development research and pursue a more inclusive form of democratic governance in China.

  • 13 May 2011
    Coca-Cola Media Round Table

    The Coca-Cola Pacific Regional Water Sustainability Roundtable was held in Shanghai on 12 May 2011, where it was announced that Coca Cola would contribute US $2 million to UNDP as part of their ongoing partnership on drinking water safety and water resource management in rural China. This high level event was attended by Ms. Silvia Morimoto, Deputy Country Director for UNDP China, who delivered a keynote speech on the work of UNDP in China, including the challenges that it faces, and the evolution of the unique public-private partnership that has existed between UNDP and Coca Cola since 2007.

  • 13 May 2011
    No immunity to disasters

    As we commemorate the anniversary of the Wenchuan earthquake in Sichuan province, which is also designated as National Disaster Reduction Day in China, it is timely to reflect on how we can reduce the risk of such devastation in the future.

  • 09 May 2011
    Inauguration of China Academy of Social Management and the First Forum on Social Management Innovation in China

    On May 7, the Inauguration ceremony of China Academy of Social Management and the First Forum on Social Management Innovation in China was held at Yingdong Academic Hall of Beijing Normal University. The event was hosted by Beijing Normal University and co-organized by the United Nations Development Programme in China.

  • 20 Apr 2011
    Volunteer Beijing Green Partnership kicks off with Our Part Green Life Comic Book as teaching tool for volunteer-driven Green Lessons

    Beijing, 20 April – With Earth Day just two days away, the Beijing Volunteer Federation (BVF), UNDP, UNV and CICETE launched the Volunteer Beijing Green Partnership at an environmentally themed event at Xing Zhi School for migrant children in Haidian District, Beijing. As the first activity established under this new framework, the volunteer-driven Green Lessons Project and distribution of UNDP’s ‘Our Part Green Life Comic Book’ to 125 migrant schools in Beijing also took off.

  • 15 Apr 2011
    “Volunteering for the MDGs” Public Service Announcement

    The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by the vast majority of countries and world leading development institutions.

  • 07 Apr 2011
    Xinhua, UNDP sign MOU to forge strategic partnership

    Xinhua News Agency and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) here Thursday to establish a strategic partnership and enhance cooperation in fields such as poverty reduction.

  • 21 Feb 2011
    UNDP China and Jala Group to give culture-based development for ethnic minorities a $1m facelift

    United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in China announced today that the UN’s development arm is partnering with Jala Group, a leading domestic cosmetic company, in a landmark public-private partnership aimed at assisting some of China’s most vulnerable and impoverished ethnic minority communities by testing out alternative livelihood pilots and harnessing the market potential of their rich and diverse cultural heritages.

  • 16 Feb 2011
    Global Commission on HIV and the Law Reviews Legal Barriers Obstructing Progress on AIDS in Asia-Pacific

    Thirty years after the first cases of HIV were diagnosed, 90 percent of countries in the Asia-Pacific region still have laws and practices that obstruct the rights of people living with HIV and those at higher risk of HIV exposure. As part of a global drive to remove barriers to progress in the AIDS response, policymakers and community advocates will join experts from the Global Commission on HIV and the Law in Bangkok on 17 February for the first in a series of regional dialogues to be held across the world.

  • 04 Dec 2010
    Online Volunteers Honoured For 'Outstanding' Contributions to Achieving the MDGs

    Bonn, Germany: The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme today announced the winners of the "Online Volunteering Award 2010", honouring the "outstanding‟ contributions of volunteers who work entirely over the Internet to contribute to peace and development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • 01 Dec 2010
    ‘Addressing Climate Change – China in Action’ UNDP China and NDRC joint side event COP16 Cancun 1 December, 2010

    Thank you all for joining us at this COP 16 side event on Addressing Climate Change in China. We have just heard China's Chief Climate Change Negotiator, Mr. Su Wei, outline the efforts and achievements made by his government to combat climate change. Now I would like to say a few words on the subject, based on UNDP's 30 years experience working with and in China. While China is responding to the climate change challenge on numerous fronts, several areas stand out in our view as particularly noteworthy. Firstly, China has successfully mainstreamed climate change into its development agenda, and is actively attempting to forge a new development model that is both low carbon and sustainable in other respects as well. This is well reflected, for instance, in China's institutional architecture for addressing climate change. Secondly, and as an offshoot of this, China has set rigorous targets for energy efficiency and energy conservation, which have direct impact on carbon emissions. And thirdly, China has made significant investments in the renewable energy field. In each of these areas UNDP has worked closely with China over the years.

  • 28 Nov 2010
    United Nations call on joining hands in the fight against HIV/AIDS discrimination

    Over three hundred guests gathered at the Beijing Caochangdi International Art Village today to celebrate the launch of a groundbreaking art exhibition, “Absolute Distance”. “Absolute Distance explores the relationship between people and HIV/AIDS: the feelings, coping mechanisms and internal dialogue when confronted with this disease,” explained Ms. Zhang Bing, the exhibition curator. Coinciding with the twenty-third World AIDS Day celebration, “Absolute Distance” was designed to decrease the discrimination towards People Living with HIV (PLHIV) by showcasing the artwork created during the “Charity: from Noun to Verb” project.

  • 16 Nov 2010
    Beijing transfers the 2008 Beijing Olympics Volunteer Legacy to the 2011 Kazakhstan Asian Winter Games

    The 7th Winter Asian Games will start next 30th January and Kazakhstan is warming up to host this special event with the help of about 3,500 volunteers. With the rich legacy of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Volunteer work, China has precious experiences to share on volunteer management and promotion of volunteerism through large-scale events. After passing the baton to the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games Volunteers, Beijing did not miss this new chance to transfer its unique legacy to other cities. Under the UNV and UNDP supported "Strengthening Volunteerism for development through the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games" project (in short, Olympic Volunteer Project), Prof. Zhang Xiaohong, Associate Professor at China Agricultural University and researcher at Beijing Volunteer Federation, and Fiammetta Mancini, UN Volunteer Partnerships Coordinator for the Olympic Volunteer Project, strengthened cooperation with Kazakhstan on a 3-day mission to Astana, where they participated as speakers to a Volunteer Training Camp, met with university student volunteers and were interviewed by Astana TV.

  • 11 Nov 2010
    UNDP, China to boost their partnership on Africa

    UNDP will be strengthening its cooperation with China to boost poverty reduction efforts on the African continent. Coming to a close on 2 November, the Africa-China Poverty Reduction and Development Conference has led to the signature of two letters of agreement which will bolster the African focus of theInternational Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC) and promote technical cooperation in the area of agriculture.

  • 11 Nov 2010
    First Bilingual Comic Book Promoting Low Carbon Living Unveiled in Beijing

    Crowd gathered at the National Convention Center today to celebrate the launch of China’s first bilingual comic book on the subject of low carbon. The Green Life Comic Book was designed by Our Part initiative, a joint environmental awareness campaign of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in China and its National Goodwill Ambassador, renowned actress Ms. Zhou Xun.

  • 02 Nov 2010
    United Nations Secretary General’s wife Mrs. Ban Soon-Taek visits Beijing Hong Dan Dan Center to promote volunteerism

    Mrs. Ban Soon-Taek, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s wife, was welcomed at the Hong Dan Dan Education and Cultural Exchange Center today. This center is dedicated to edu-culture training for disabilities. With the philosophy of “Teach a Man to Fish,” Hong Dan Dan has improved employment for disabilities by creating jobs, encouraging participating in social life, focusing on providing technology training and creating opportunities for them to join the mainstream society.