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  • 15 Apr 2010
    Timing and sequencing of China’s low-carbon policies play a critical role in the country’s future growth

    Introducing an evolutionary low-rate carbon tax system in sectors where costs of carbon reduction are not high or perhaps even negative and then earmarking the revenue to subsidize R&D on state-of-the art technologies, is one of the urgent policy recommendations advanced by the latest China Human Development Report entitled, China and a Sustainable Future, Towards a Low Carbon Economy and Society. Commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with Renmin University of China, the publication suggests that a gradual and smart shift to low carbon development is the best option in allowing China to better balance further economic development with environmental sustainability. Given the inherent challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, selecting the right policies at the right times will be a key component in advancing the country’s future progress.

  • 02 Apr 2010
    Statement on the Misuse of UNDP Name and Emblem

    It has come to our attention that certain organizations in China are misusing the name of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for their own ends. The UNDP Office in China would like to make it absolutely clear that the use of UNDP name and emblem without authorization is prohibited.

  • 01 Apr 2010
    Launch of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework for China 2011-2015

    Vice Minister of Commerce Mr. Yi Xiaozhun, and UN Resident Coordinator in China, Mr. Khalid Malik, today launched the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for China 2011-2015. The new UNDAF will provide the overall framework for the work of 24 UN Agencies in supporting China over the course of China’s 12th Five Year Plan.

  • 29 Mar 2010
    National Goodwill Ambassador Zhou Xun Visits UNEP Headquarters Based in Africa

    It was her first trip to Africa, and before leaving the country Zhou Xun announced it would not be her last. On her inaugural visit to Kenya as United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) China Goodwill Ambassador, the actress toured United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters where she met with UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.

  • 27 Mar 2010
    UNDP and GEF kick off a green initiative to empower local communities and NGOs in protecting the environment and combating climate change

    10,000 households living in Beijing’s Chaoyang District, the city’s largest and most populated area, will participate in a community-based green campaign aimed to reduce the monthly electricity consumption by 1 kWh per family during this coming summer (from June to August). An endeavor as such will lead to a carbon dioxide reduction of up to 50 tonnes and more importantly, a behavior change as each household adopts to live a low-carbon, sustainable life.

  • 10 Mar 2010
    Gender inequality persists in China

    While China has experienced unsurpassed economic development in recent decades, this progress has not been even in achieving gender equality. The country, like its Asia-Pacific counterparts, remains hindered by the presence of a severe gender gap. Women across the region continue to lack power, voice and rights; this void can impede a country’s further economic growth.

  • 02 Feb 2010
    Help us restore hope for the people of Haiti

    In an emergency briefing session held today, UNDP China officials and its National Goodwill Ambassador Zhou Xun joined in launching an emphatic appeal to Chinese civil society and the private sector to come to Haiti’s aid in the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck on 12 January.

  • 02 Feb 2010
    UNDP calls upon the business community in China to rally for Haiti

    In an emergency briefing session held today, UNDP China officials and its National Goodwill Ambassador Zhou Xun joined in launching an emphatic appeal to Chinese civil society and the private sector to come to Haiti’s aid in the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck on 12 January.