China's role in UN affairs will get bigger: UNDP administrator

Chinas role in UN affairs will get bigger UNDP administratorUNITED NATIONS, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Thanks to China's own rapid development and its significant contribution to South-South cooperation, China has such a big role to play in UN affairs and the role will get bigger, said Helen Clark, administrator of UN Development Program.

In a recent interview with Xinhua, Clark said China has achieved a lot in its own development - lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty, the fast rise of a middle class, the development of cities in an orderly way, among others.

"So I would say to use the term that China has been a very proactive developmental state," she said. "The policy of the state is development...This has been the driving cause of the Chinese leadership, and that determination and that drive has got incredible results."


About The Project

Funded by the Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA), the project focuses on the changing dynamics and implications of South- South cooperation, in the context of South Africa's avowed commitment to this cause in its international relations. The need to understand the complexities of South-South dynamics and their implications for foreign policy is particularly urgent for South Africa, which, while working to advance South-South multilateralism, must also contend with the corresponding need to remain true to other universal values underpinning its foreign policy as well as guarantee the specific interests of its immediate environment, that is, the African continent.

Key Themes

In recent times, South-South cooperation has received renewed attention, inspired mainly by the emergence of new southern clubs such as IBSA, BRICS and CELAC. This trend reflects a growing push by developing countries to respond to current global challenges in a coherent and concerted manner.


Aims and Objectives of The Project

The aim of the project is therefore to contribute, through critical research and dialogue, towards a nuanced understanding of contemporary South-South cooperation. In particular, it seeks to appreciate the basis on which countries in the South cooperate or compete with one another, and the implication of these dynamics for South Africa's policy.


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