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  • 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.

  • 29 Jun 2011
    Seminar on Financing of Micro and Small Enterprises: Experience from China

    A seminar on Financing of Micro and Small Enterprises: Experience from China was jointly organised by the International Poverty Reduction Centre in China (IPRCC) and UNDP on 20 June 2011. The seminar brought together government officials and experts from Asia and Africa and provided an opportunity for participants to share experiences in the adaptation, improvement and application of micro-financing as a fundamental component in poverty reduction initiatives. Among those present, were Mr. Wei Chongjin, Deputy Director-General of the IPRCC, and Mr. Napoleon Navarro, UNDP Country Director a.i.

  • 24 Jun 2011
    International Forum on Judges Training

    Organized by the National Judges College, under the EU-China Delegation and UNDP’s Governance for Equitable Development Project, the International Forum on Judges Training was held in Beijing on 7-10 June 2011. The event was attended by UNDP Deputy Country Director, Ms. Silvia Morimoto, and Justice Wan E’Xiang, Vice-President of the Supreme Court of China, as well as a number of foreign legal dignitaries and scholars from China, Germany, France, Japan, Australia, South Korea, the United States, Hong Kong and Macau.

  • 24 Jun 2011
    Climate Change and Green Low Carbon Development Conference

    A high-level international conference on Climate Change and Green Low Carbon Development was conducted in Beijing on 22-24 June 2011, as part of the National Development and Reform Commission’s (NDRC) efforts to demonstrate the policies and actions being undertaken by the Chinese Government to address climate change and shift towards a low carbon economy. Promoted as a platform for enhanced policy dialogue and climate financing, within an international framework of cooperation, the event was attended by over 300 senior representatives from global development stakeholders, including the World Bank, UNDP, UNEP, UNIDO, foreign financial investment institutions and multinational enterprises, and leaders from some of China’s low carbon pilot provinces and cities.

  • 19 Jun 2011
    Equitable Development Takes Centre Stage at the Liangjiang Forum

    Promoted as the gateway to China’s western regions, the 2011 Liangjiang Forum was held in Chongqing on 18-19 June 2011. The event, which was hosted by the Chongqing Municipal Government, the Development Research Centre of the State Council (DRC), the China Council for Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), UNDP, and the Hong Kong World Trade Centre Association, saw UNDP Administrator, Ms. Helen Clark, address over 300 participants via a recorded video message.

  • 15 Jun 2011
    Resident Representative Supports Public Sector Reform on Visit to Shanxi

    15th June 2011, Taiyuan - UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for China, Ms. Renata Dessallien, travelled to the Shanxi Provincial Capital, Taiyuan, in order to attend the Seminar on China’s Public Service Unit (PSU) Reform: Theory, Concepts, Practices and Prospects. Sponsored by the China Research Society for Public Sector Reform and hosted by its local counterparts, the Shanxi Provincial Commission Office for Public Sector Reform and the Shanxi Provincial Society for Public Sector Reform, this conference provided a platform for dialogue on practical solutions to challenges in promoting PSU reform.

  • 09 Jun 2011
    Resident Representative Visits Guiyang

    On 8-9 June 2011, UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Renata Dessallien travelled to Guiyang City during an official visit in order to strengthen relations with provincial government leaders. During her visit, Ms. Dessallien met with the Vice-Governor of Guizhou Province, Mr. Xie Qinsheng and discussed possible areas of cooperation in sustainable development, inclusive growth and ethnic diversity. She also emphasized UNDP’s commitment to development initiatives in Guiyang and support towards the Eco-Forum Guiyang (EFG) in separate meetings with the Party Secretary of Guiyang Municipality, Mr. Li Jun; Secretary General of the EFG, Mr. Zhang Xinsheng, and the Mayor of Guiyang, Mr. Li Zaiyong.

  • 01 Jun 2011
    China in the World UN Theme Group: Presentation on Ten Years of China in the WTO by Mr. Long Yongtu

    On the afternoon of Wednesday 1 June 2011, the United Nations hosted Mr Long Yongtu, Secretary General of Centre for the Study of G20, at a meeting of the China in the World UN Theme Group. Mr Long led China's negotiations to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO) ten years ago, and was previously commended by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan for his outstanding contribution to the UN. In his talk, Mr Long discussed the changes that have occurred since China joined the WTO, and what affects the accession has had on China, both for governance and everyday life. Mr Long noted that there were several key areas in that had changed since 2001, particularly Chinese attitudes and understanding of the outside world. He spoke about what had gone as expected, what has been different, and what lessons might be learned by other countries hoping to join the WTO in the future.

  • 30 May 2011
    UNDP and Jala Group Engage in Fact Finding Mission

    On 30 May 2011, a five-day fact finding mission in Yunnan Province was undertaken by UNDP, Jala Group, the Chinese International Centre for Economic and Technical Exchange (CICETE) and the State Ethnic Affairs Commission (SEAC). This included visits to two of the main project sites earmarked for assistance under UNDP’s partnership with Jala Group on the sustainable development of cultural industries among China’s ethnic minorities. Visiting some of the Huayao Dai and Musuo minorities in Xinping Village and Wunquan Village, respectively, representatives from visiting parties, including Jala Group’s Public Relations Director, Ms. Jenny Chen, met with local government officials and community leaders to discuss issues and challenges, as well as some urgent issues that are to be addressed under this new partnership.

  • 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.