Agreement signed with Development Research Center of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China

21 April 2015

In a week of interactions and meetings with global partners in Beijing, IDS signed an important Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Development Research Center of the State Council of the People's Republic of China (DRC).

On 22 April 2015, IDS and the Development Research Center of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China (DRC) signed an Memorandum of Understanding. IDS Director, Melissa Leach is on the left while is on the right. Image credit: H.Corbett - IDS

Agreement with the Development Research Center of the State Council of the People's Republic of China (DRC)

The signing of the MOU by IDS Director Professor Melissa Leach and DRC Director General, Department for International Cooperation and Secretary General, Academic Committee Cheng Guoqiang  followed a meeting between Professor Leach and DRC President Li Wei.

President Li Wei said that he was delighted to welcome IDS and looking forward to working with the Institute as China reviews and reflects on its own progress as they move into a new era of development.

IDS Director, Professor Leach said:

"It's a great privilege for IDS to be here and signing this MOU with the DRC. Over the course of its near 50 year history IDS has forged close relationships with colleagues in China. We are excited about the opportunities that this new partnership with the DRC presents in extending these relationships, and working in collaboration to tackle some of the most pressing global challenges including inequality and sustainability."

In her address to senior representatives at the DRC, Professor Leach said that IDS was delighted to be in Beijing to launch a new China sustainability hub and Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development (CRPD).

New Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development

The new Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development is being launched as part of a high-level event being co-hosted by IDS and DRC and China International Development Research Network (CIDRN). CRPD conducts and facilitates research on the impact of the BRICS, and other rapidly-changing and increasingly influential middle-income countries, on international development, global public goods and for the future of Development Studies research and training.

Jing Gu, CRPD Director and IDS Research Fellow said:

"This is a critical and exciting juncture for international development. The world is poised to agree a new set of development goals and climate change framework aimed at putting us all on a more sustainable and equitable path. Countries such as China, Brazil and India will be key to the new global partnerships essential to making this a reality. The aim of the new centre is to enhance understanding of how these partnerships can be fostered and maintained most effectively as we move into a new era of global development."

New China hub in Pathways to Sustainability Global Consortium

Beijing Normal University's School of Social Development and Public Policy (SSDPP) and the STEPS Centre are working together with other partners in China to create a Sustainability Hub launched at an international conference on Pathways to Sustainability in a Changing China on 20-21 April 2015.

The hub is one of six hubs spread across five continents, forming the Pathways to Sustainability Global Consortium, a new international, interdisciplinary collaboration for research, action and learning to tackle the most pressing sustainability challenges facing the world now and in decades to come.

Over three decades, the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) and IDS have worked closely with Chinese colleagues on the problems of science and innovation for development.

The STEPS Centre's UK-China projects have provided cutting edge interdisciplinary research and engagement with key ministries, academic institutions and think tanks since 2006 and the new China Sustainability Hub builds on this work and that of our Chinese partners.

Our work in China covers three interlinked areas: Agricultural transformations, food security and food safety;Technology collaboration for international development (including health) and Low carbon innovation and sustainable cities.

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Image: IDS Director Melissa Leach and DRC Director General, Department for International Cooperation and Secretary General, Academic Committee Cheng Guoqiang shake hands, as part of the signing of an MOU between IDS and DRC. Credit: H.Corbett - IDS