UNDP and DRC have worked together for about a year on the study entitled “Establishing an Integrated, Equitable and Inclusive Social Welfare System.” The study examines the current situation, causes and implications of China’s fragmented social welfare system and aims to provide policy recommendations to the Government on how to achieve a better integration. The study has also highlighted local and international experiences in integrating welfare systems, with a focus on Guangdong, Heilongjiang and Gansu provinces as well as experiences from Europe and selected East Asian countries.
In his opening remark at workshop, the Vice President of DRC, Mr. Zhang Laiming, emphasized that strengthening of the social welfare system is important for building a harmonious society in China. In his statement Mr. Alain Noudéhou, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in China, noted that China has an increasing demand for an integrated and equitable social welfare system and said that this study could also be relevant in a south-south perspective, benefiting other developing countries.
The Norwegian Embassy was present at the workshop, together with representatives from a number of relevant Chinese institutions and multilateral organisations. In his remarks, Mr. Noudéhou thanked Norway for the support to this important research work and for being a long-term partner of the UN in China.
Welfare-related topics are a priority in Norway’s development cooperation with China.