UNIDO, as part of the U.N.’s network on promoting environmentally sustainable economic development,...
...is assisting China in developing its own solutions to the country’s development challenges. Over the past decades, China has experienced some of the world’s fastest economic development, but future efforts to further improve living standards will face growing barriers from environmental degradation. Given this, UNIDO provides technical assistance for technology transfer and capacity building supporting China in meeting the 11th Five Year Plan goals and the Multilateral Agreements targets, mainly the Montreal Protocol and the Stockholm Convention.
Countries acting alone cannot address challenges in the areas of persistent organic pollutants and ozone layer depletion. UNIDO helps China strengthen its capacity to address these challenges at global, national, and community levels; seeking out and sharing best practices; providing innovative technologies and policy advice; and linking partners through pilot and targeted projects which help China build a sustainable economy and promote sustainable development.
With regard to Chemicals Management, China is a key member of the U.N. Conventions for Phasing out of Ozone Depleting Substances (Montreal Protocol) and Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). These conventions aim to replace the use of chemicals harmful to ecosystem and human health. UNIDO’s action focuses on technology transfer, training, and policy measures to substitute these chemicals and establish a suitable management mechanism. Through international support and the work of national and international partners, China has been able to phase out most of its Ozone Depleting Substances ahead of the schedule established by the Montreal Protocol.
UNIDO’s projects in China are nationally executed in cooperation with government ministries, as well as with the private sector. Over the past years, UNIDO has made significant progress in strengthening partnerships and organizing resources. The objective of UNIDO’s Montreal Protocol and Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants programmes in China is to contribute to efforts of the Chinese government to honour their commitments to phase out Ozone Depleting Substances and Persistent Organic Pollutants under the two international conventions.