In 2017, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and China Foundation Center (CFC) jointly launched the “Philanthropy for Sustainable Development in China” initiative. Its purpose is to better understand and explore how China’s philanthropic sector supports the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – which aim to end poverty, reduce inequality and ensure our planet can sustain future generations by the year 2030.
As part of that initiative, this report presents the progress of China’s philanthropic sector in facilitating these goals, analysing examples of charitable projects across multiple sectors. This includes examining which approaches were effective and why, as well as unexpected challenges encountered and what can be done to overcome these in future. It also provides lessons and recommendations for policy advocacy, enhanced collaboration and boosting SDG financing.
Achieving the SDGs by 2030 calls for unprecedented investments and cooperation across all of society – including governments, communities, civil society and the private sector. This is already changing ‘business as usual,’ by putting the SDGs at the centre of how business is done. To support this, the SDG Finance Taxonomy (China) offers a classification system with impact assessment and reporting criteria for finance and investment activities that can make a substantial contribution to at least one SDG, while avoiding significant harm to the others.
2019 marked the 70th anniversary of People’s Republic of China, and 40th year anniversary of the United Nations and UNDP presence and partnership in China. The Special Edition report reflects on the remarkable changes that have taken place. It takes stock not only of the economic achievements often and widely reported, but, more importantly of the wider range of sustainable human development progress achieved by China.
UNDP assists China in integrating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into development decisions, promotes the transition to a low-carbon economy and a sustainable society, protect biodiversity, and helps China to further grow into its role as a leading development partner for the world.