What We Do

UNDP promotes sustainable human development to help build resilient nations and to empower people to build better lives. As the UN's development network, UNDP has drawn on world-wide experience for over three decades to assist China both in developing solutions to its own ongoing development challenges, and in its south-south cooperation and engagement in global development. Domestically, our work focuses on Good Governance, Energy & Environment, Poverty Reduction, and Disaster Management. In terms of global and south-south work, our focuses are trilateral cooperation in third countries, experience sharing on foreign aid systems, global and regional issues, private sector engagement, and sharing development experiences and lessons through south-south dialogue.

Our Goals

UNDP’s goals in China are closely linked to the government’s. As well as implementing measures to facilitate the achievement of the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we provide support to the government’s domestic development as part of the 13th Five-Year Plan, the focus of which is on reducing inequality, recalibrating the economy for more inclusive, stable growth, reducing the environmental impacts of China’s rapid development, and continuing China’s emergence as a key player on the global stage.

63 year-old Lin Zehua proudly displays the increased output from his mushroom field in Ji County, Tianjin. More>

Our Stories

Abandoning Harmful Chemicals to Protect Ozone Layer

A chemical commonly used in Chinese factories to clean all types of screens such as TV’s and computers and linked to causing damage to the earth’s ozone layer, may soon be phased out. The chemical known as HCFC-141 b is said to deplete the ozone layer, exposing people to harmful radiations.more 

Saving the Planet, One Appliance at a Time

I have a degree in Applied Chemistry, but I did not know much about Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and their damaging nature until I started working on pesticide management in 2007 in Hubei Province. Through my job I learnt that improper dismantling and processing of e-waste releases organic pollutants that have a detrimental impact on human health and the environment.more 

Abolishment of Re-education through Labour: Strengthening Rule of Law and Judicial Reform

Tang Hui is one of many who have found themselves on the wrong side of the re-education through labour (RTL) system in China. After the sexual assault of her daughter in 2006, Tang was dissatisfied with the sentence handed to the seven offenders and raised her grievance with the verdict. more 

Mosuo in the World Market: From Remote Village in China to Modern Mall in Singapore

Growing up, woman artisan Luru-Dashima never imagined such a possibility: her scarves, resplendent in colour and painstakingly hand-woven, sit atop shiny modern surfaces in Tangs, an upscale Singaporean department store.more 

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Social Innovation for Inclusive Human Development 

The purpose of this Human Development Report entitled “Social Innovation for Inclusive Human Development” is to explore policy options to help address the upcoming challenges through innovations in social policies and public administration.

China’s unique national conditions make it difficult to use precedents as reference or to duplicate international experience. Thus this report, based on experience and lessons, especially the experience of social innovation, makes suggestions to improve human development that is more inclusive with a reduced level of inequality.

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The Report, entitled “Social Innovation for Inclusive Human Development”, explores the development challenges of China, where progress has come with increased inequalities and disparities, and provides policy options to address them through innovation on social policies and public governance.

Issue Brief:

Endosulfan Phasing-Out in China

Endosulfan is an insecticide that has been phasing out globally due to its acute toxicity, potential for bioaccumulation, and its role as an endocrine disrupter that can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders. Because of its threats to human health and the environment, a global ban on the manufacture and use of endosulfan was negotiated under the Stockholm Convention in April 2011. 

The Chinese government, as one of the first contracting parties, signed the Stockholm Convention on May 23, 2001. The State Council approved the National Implementation Plan (NIP) of the Convention in April 2007. This clearly highlighted that Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) should be fully banned on production and application aside from for acceptable purposes. Although China and India have successfully banned the use of endosulfan for fruit and tea tree pests in 2002, endosulfans are still used extensively in cotton and tobacco production in China.

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