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A new plan for a new era: UN development agency charts course for development in 21st century

The UN’s development agency, the United Nations Development Programme, today launched a new and ambitious blueprint for development in the 21st century at the United Nations headquarters in New York.  


UNDP in Asia and the Pacific Appoints World’s First Non-Human Innovation Champion

In a bold and breakthrough announcement today, the UN Development Programme appointed its first-ever Innovation Champion and the first-ever non-human – Sophia the robot designed by Hanson Robotics.  


New Report Explores the Potential of Philanthropy in China for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Chinese philanthropic actors have the potential to transform the philanthropic sector and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’, highlights a new report launched today by the United…  


UNDP and Panda Green Energy Group Launch “2017 Youth Leadership Summer Camp for Climate Action”

The power of youth for taking action on climate change took a step forward today with the launch of the “Youth Leadership Summer Camp for Climate Action” at the United Nations Compound in Beijing,…  


UNDP and Didi Chuxing to Provide Accessible Transportation for All

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Didi Chuxing, the world’s leading integrated transportation app, launched a cooperation program to provide accessible chauffeured car services for…  


UNDP, Chinese bike-sharing start-up ofo join forces to support innovative solutions to climate change challenges

UNDP and ofo, a Beijing-based start-up company that has become the world’s first and largest bike sharing platform, are joining forces to raise public awareness about climate change  


UN-led open design challenge held in Beijing to showcase how tech innovation can tackle social development challenges in China

China’s first ever UN-led open design challenge concluded today in Beijing’s 798 Art District, with 10 finalists showcasing innovative tech solutions designed to find solutions for pressing…  


UNDP Executive Board welcomes appointment of Achim Steiner as new Administrator

New York – The President of the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today welcomed the appointment of Achim Steiner as the Organization’s new Administrator.  


Tobacco - China’s addiction to an outdated and impoverishing economy

Smoking-related diseases are on track to claim more than 200 million lives in China this century, a new joint WHO/UNDP report warns. The majority of these deaths will occur in China’s poorest and most…  


UN Development Programme Panda Champions for Global Goals Inaugurated

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today honoured 17 ‘Panda Champions for the Global Goals’ at a ceremony to appoint them as advocates for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) around…  

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