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China Human Development Report 2009/10-China and a Sustainable Future: Towards a Low carbon economy and society

— theme: Employment and socio-economic policies, Environment and climate, Industry (greening of), Sustainable Enterprise/Value chain development
— country: China
— type: Reports

Given the importance of these issues to China and to the world, the United Nations in China has a strong and growing portfolio of work on climate change mitigation and adaptation, and on the broader move to a low carbon economy. Indeed, one of the three overall Outcomes of the UN’s Framework for supporting China over the next five years is that ‘Government and other stakeholders ensure environmental sustainability, address climate change, and promote a green, low carbon economy’. ii In this context, UNDP China took the initiative to focus this National Human Development Report on the topic of “Sustainable Future: Towards a Low Carbon Economy and Sustainable Society”. By analyzing both the risks and potential benefits to China of a shift to a low carbon economy and society, it is hoped that this report will provide a considered contribution to China’s rapidly evolving policies in this area. The report highlights that, if China can fully grasp the opportunities at hand, it will be possible to move to a society which is not only environmentally sustainable, but which creates the conditions for greater job creation, greater resource efficiency and energy security, enhanced food security, and better health outcomes for its people; a society which, in line with China’s own Xiaokang vision, is well balanced and moderately prosperous.

China Human Development Report 2009/10-China and a Sustainable Future: Towards a Low carbon economy and society

China and a Sustainable Future: Towards a Low Carbon Economy and Society

Author/Editor
UNDP CHina
Publishing Year
2010
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