Two UN Online Volunteers collaborated with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in China to record the audio version of the China National Human Development Report 2013,Sustainable and Liveable Cities: Toward Ecological Civilization. The report explores the current urban transformation in China from the perspective of human development, and discusses the recent history of China’s cities, key challenges and projections for the future, including measures that could guide urbanisation towards the goal of liveable, sustainable cities. The audio-book adaptation is among the first signature UN publications made available in digital audio media. It serves audiences with different reading and learning preferences, and has helped publicize the report for a wider impact.
Qiushi Yue, during her assignment as national UN Volunteer with UNDP in China, facilitated UNDP’s collaboration with the online volunteers through the various stages of the project. After an initial briefing that included the UNDP Deputy Country Director in China, a timetable was set up, technical questions resolved, and the two online volunteers recorded the text. After a first editing round, the recording was tested by 12 UNDP staff and interns, whose feedback was integrated to ensure product quality. “It was wonderful working with the two online volunteers and their stories were very inspiring. I felt proud to be part of the volunteerism for development process,” Qiushi says.