About UNDP in China

UNDP first began its operations in China in September 1979, around the same time that Deng Xiaoping began open market reforms. This event was marked by the signing of the UNDP-Government of China Standard Basic Assistance Agreement and UNDP has since mobilised more than one billion US$ in support of China's development efforts. It has successfully completed over 900 projects amid a diverse portfolio ranging from agriculture to manufacturing, energy, public health, poverty alleviation and economic restructuring.

Since 1982, UNDP has developed and implemented five themed Country Programmes and Cooperation Frameworks, working closely with the China International Centre for Economic and Technical Exchanges (CICETE). Through this, and many other successful partnerships and projects, thousands of Chinese citizens have received training, while key ministries’ and Institutes’ capacities have been strengthened.

In view of the rapidly changing contours of China's development requirements, UNDP China has continued to evolve and currently works in four main project areas: poverty, equity and governance; energy and the environment; disaster management; and South-South cooperation – an international platform facilitating development partnerships between China and other developing countries in the South.

What do we want to accomplish?

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.

What are our results?

China’s development in recent decades has been extraordinary. Since 1981 over 500 million in the country have been lifted out of poverty, exceeding the MDG target to half the amount of people living on less than a dollar a day. MDG targets have also been met on universal primary education and reducing child mortality.

In other respects performance has also been good. Gender equality is improving, with gender disparity in education almost gone and new laws drafted to protect women, such as the recent introduction of China’s first laws to combat domestic violence against women. Further work however remains to be done on improving access for women to higher-level management positions. Efforts to halt the spread of HIV have been fruitful, as have efforts to de-stigmatise the disease and ensure adequate support is available to persons living with HIV/AIDS.

UNDP has also pioneered a new corporate approach – South-South Cooperation – in China. The Country Office here is assisting China to export its knowledge and experiences to other developing nations. This new modality has been met with great enthusiasm by all parties concerned and looks set to be a key part of our operations.

Who are the decision makers?

The Resident Coordinator, who is the Executive Representative of the Secretary General, heads the UN Country Team in China and is also the Resident Representative of UNDP China.

UNDP China is managed by a Country Director who is responsible for ensuring the effective day-to-day management of UNDP Country Office and assumes overall responsibility for the UNDP programme and operations to ensure coherence and strategic direction of UNDP activities. The Country Director is supported by one Deputy Country Director.

UNDP works in close collaboration with a host of government ministries and implementing partners to ensure coherence and effective integration with China’s development priorities.

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Current Staff Count for China

Contract Type Sub Total        
         Service Contract     31
         UN Volunteers     7
         UNDP Staff     32
         IC     12
         Seconded     2
         Total     84

Our Consultants

Consultant Name or Number Job Title Type of Contract  Contract value (USD)/year
Consultant 1 Associate Programme Officer Service Contract
Consultant 2
National Programme Coordinator Service Contract 54,664.00

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