China en­voy at UN calls for more clean en­ergy

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSS AMERICA - By HONG XIAO at the United Na­tions xi­ao­hong@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

China is ac­tively pro­mot­ing en­ergy co­op­er­a­tion to help de­vel­op­ing coun­tries im­prove the pen­e­tra­tion rate of mod­ern, clean en­ergy and reach the goal of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.

Those were the words of Wu Haitao, deputy per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive of China to the United Na­tions.

Wu spoke on Wed­nes­day at the “High-level Sym­po­sium on Global En­ergy In­ter­con­nec­tion: Ad­vanc­ing the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals”.

The sym­po­sium was or­ga­nized by the Depart­ment of Eco­nomic and So­cial Af­fairs in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Global En­ergy In­ter­con­nec­tion De­vel­op­ment and Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion at United Na­tions head­quar­ters in New York.

Wu called for that the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to speed up the im­ple­men­ta­tion of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals in en­ergy. He sug­gested that coun­tries com­bine that im­ple­men­ta­tion with their national de­vel­op­ment strat­egy.

He said that China, which up­holds an in­no­va­tive, co­or­di­na­tive, green, open, shared de­vel­op­ment con­cept, has com­bined the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the 2030 Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Agenda with its 13th Five-Year Plan and national long-term de­vel­op­ment strat­egy.

Wu called for the es­tab­lish­ment of a more equitable and more bal­anced global part­ner­ship for de­vel­op­ment.

“De­vel­oped coun­tries should ful­fill their com­mit­ment to of­fi­cial de­vel­op­ment as­sis­tance, par­tic­u­larly in the area of en­ergy and in­crease support for de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, par­tic­u­larly for Africa and un­der­de­vel­oped coun­tries, in terms of fund­ing, tech­nol­ogy and ca­pac­i­ty­build­ing,” he said.

“At the same time, SouthSouth co­op­er­a­tion should be fur­ther strength­ened, and in­fra­struc­ture and in­ter­con­nec­tion con­struc­tion and in­ter­na­tional pro­duc­tion co­op­er­a­tion should be strength­ened to achieve com­ple­men­tary ad­van­tages,” Wu added.

Third, Wu sug­gested that in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment in­clude a bal­anced win-win and in­clu­sive mul­ti­lat­eral trade sys­tem to form a fair, trans­par­ent in­ter­na­tional eco­nomic and trade and in­vest­ment sys­tem.

He said that the cre­ation and de­vel­op­ment of global en­ergy in­ter­con­nec­tion would play a pos­i­tive role in pro­mot­ing trans­for­ma­tion in global en­ergy, en­ergy al­lo­ca­tion and en­ergy con­sump­tion, and will con­trib­ute to the de­vel­op­ment of clean en­ergy in­dus­tries.

“It would in­ject new im­pe­tus into the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the 2030 agenda, to pro­mote the global econ­omy to achieve strong, sus­tain­able, bal­anced and in­clu­sive growth,” he added.

United Na­tions Sec­re­tary­Gen­eral An­tónio Guter­res said that a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion and the in­creas­ing ef­fects of cli­mate change un­der­line the need to trans­form the world’s en­ergy sys­tems so they can ful­fill needs with­out pol­lu­tion.

He said that the world is still far from achiev­ing the vi­sion of Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goal 7 of af­ford­able and clean en­ergy for all, with some 1 bil­lion peo­ple still liv­ing with­out ac­cess to any elec­tric­ity, and 3 bil­lion peo­ple still cook­ing and heat­ing their homes with­out clean fu­els.

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