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China and UNDP to collaborate on innovation and technology-sharing,December 12, 2017 Adjust font size:

Achim Steiner (left), UNDP Administrator, and Wan Gang(right), minister of MOST  (Photo: UNDP)

 The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced December 11 that it is partnering with China’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) to strength innovation and development, and to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by promoting technology transfer and knowledge sharing across the Belt and Road countries.

At the Diaoyutai State Guest House, Wan Gang, Chinese minister of science and technology and Achim Steiner, UNDP administrator, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU).

UNDP and China are looking to share Chinese innovations and best practices, such as fuel cell technology, through South-South Cooperation (SSC) and the Belt and Road Initiative.

The partnership will focus on enhancing knowledge and technology exchange between developing countries through SSC to and aid in achieving SDGs. The two parties will work together to match Chinese technology with specific problems in developing countries.

“UNDP’s global network, field presence and understanding of local contexts can support China in scaling up its innovative interventions,” Steiner said.

The collaboration is in line with UNDP’s new Global Strategic Plan, which consists of strengthening partnerships, increasing information sharing, and facilitating technology exchanges to meet sustainable development needs.

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