UNDP launches new program to align Chinese philanthropy’s efforts with SDGs

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will partner with the China Foundation Center to deepen the convergence between Chinese philanthropy and sustainable development, as the two organizations jointly launched a program of cooperation in Beijing on January 6.

The program, entitled “Philanthropy and Sustainable Development — China Action”, aims to encourage China’s philanthropic sector to align itself with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by tapping into the China Foundation Center’s large volume of data. As an influential platform for information disclosure within China’s philanthropic sector, the Center possesses much philanthropic data and a large impact in the industry. The program will contribute to data analytics, the creation of a real-time information sharing platform and an industry summit. UNDP and the China Foundation Center believe that such efforts will also help to create a multi-dimensional way of presenting the development of China’s philanthropy from the perspective of sustainable development.

China’s philanthropy has been growing vigorously in recent years, contributing a lot in terms of funding, knowledge and innovation towards realising the SDGs, claims UNDP.

According to the China Foundation Center, China’s foundations have put more than 104 billion yuan into quality education, over 44 billion yuan into sustainable urban development, and over 28 billion yuan into poverty eradication.

In 2015, world leaders approved the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the United Nations’ Headquarters in New York. The 2030 Agenda includes 17 SDGs, as a guideline for future policymaking and fund use. It also promises to permanently eradicate poverty by 2030.