Belt, Road can steer glob­al­iza­tion: UN

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSS AMERICA - By WANG LINYAN at the United Na­tions wan­glinyan@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The up­com­ing Belt and Road Fo­rum of International Co­op­er­a­tion is a ma­jor world event that will send a strong mes­sage to the international community that “glob­al­iza­tion is ir­re­versible”, United Na­tions Un­der­Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Wu Hongbo said on Wed­nes­day.

“Although glob­al­iza­tion has some prob­lems and has room for im­prove­ment, the trend con­tin­ues,” said Wu, who will at­tend the fo­rum in Bei­jing in mid-May as a mem­ber of the del­e­ga­tion of the UN Sec­re­tary­Gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res.

The fo­rum also will “set a di­rec­tion” for the international community of co­op­er­a­tion and mu­tual ben­e­fit, Wu said in an in­ter­view with Chinese me­dia. “Co­op­er­a­tion and mu­tual ben­e­fit can make up for and im­prove the is­sues brought by glob­al­iza­tion.”

Wu said peo­ple will re­al­ize through the fo­rum that the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive and its projects will pro­duce new growth points for the world econ­omy, and the fo­rum will bring a new im­pe­tus to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the 2030 Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals.

The ini­tia­tive, pro­posed by Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping in 2013, aims to build a trade and in­fra­struc­ture net­work by link­ing Asia with Africa and Europe along an­cient trade routes.

The ini­tia­tive and the Chinese con­cept of build­ing a community with shared des­tiny was in­cor­po­rated into a UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tion in March.

In a res­o­lu­tion to re­new the man­date of the UN As­sis­tance Mis­sion in Afghanistan (UNAMA) for one year, the coun­cil urged the pro­mo­tion of se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity in Afghanistan and for the re­gion “to cre­ate a community of a shared fu­ture for mankind”.

It also urged fur­ther international ef­forts to strengthen re­gional co­op­er­a­tion and im­ple­ment the ini­tia­tive.

“This means the ini­tia­tive and the con­cept have re­ceived global recog­ni­tion, which is a mile­stone of China’s for­eign re­la­tions,” said Wu.

“Af­ter re­sum­ing its mem­ber­ship in the UN, China has been mak­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the international community. Pro­vid­ing pub­lic prod­ucts ac­cept­able to the international community is one of them.”

Wu said it shows that China can help guide the world’s devel­op­ment through its own pub­lic prod­ucts, and the international community is grad­u­ally rec­og­niz­ing China’s role in it. It also shows the international community has “pinned high hopes” on China, Wu said.

So far, 100 international or­ga­ni­za­tions and coun­tries have joined the ini­tia­tive, and 40 coun­tries have signed part­ner­ship agree­ments with China.

The ini­tia­tive cov­ers 60 per­cent of world pop­u­la­tion and one third of the world GDP of about $20 tril­lion. The co­op­er­a­tion pri­or­i­ties are pol­icy coordination, fa­cil­i­ties con­nec­tiv­ity, unim­peded trade, fi­nan­cial in­te­gra­tion and peo­ple-to-peo­ple bonds.

Wu said at an ear­lier meet­ing chaired by the UNSG that a con­sen­sus was reached that the “the suc­cess­ful im­ple­men­ta­tion of ini­tia­tive will bring a pro­found in­flu­ence and changes to world geopol­i­tics and world eco­nomic devel­op­ment”.

“The ini­tia­tive is in line with the UN Char­ter and the 2030 sus­tain­able devel­op­ment goals, so it won the echo and sup­port of international community. And it’s com­ple­men­tary to the agenda of 2030 SDG,” Wu said.

For ex­am­ple, the first two goals of sus­tain­able devel­op­ment are erad­i­cat­ing ex­treme poverty and hunger. Fa­cil­i­ties con­nec­tiv­ity and unim­peded trade lay a foun­da­tion for poverty al­le­vi­a­tion, he said.

“And if we have fi­nan­cial in­te­gra­tion dur­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the ini­tia­tive, cap­i­tal needed for the sus­tain­able devel­op­ment would be guar­an­teed,” Wu said.

The ini­tia­tive is in line with the UN Char­ter and the 2030 SDG.”

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