Photo ex­hi­bi­tion high­lights China’s world vi­sion

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSS AMERICA - By WANG LINYAN and HONG XIAO at the United Na­tions

State Coun­cilor and For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi said China hopes to share its ideas and ac­com­plish­ments in im­ple­ment­ing the UN 2030 Agenda of Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment, which were demon­strated in a photo ex­hi­bi­tion on Wed­nes­day.

Wang made the re­marks dur­ing a visit to the photo ex­hi­bi­tion at the United Na­tions.

The ex­hi­bi­tion, ti­tled China in Ac­tion: Im­ple­ment­ing the 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment, was pre­sented by the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs and or­ga­nized by China’s per­ma­nent mis­sion to the UN. It in­cludes more than 40 pho­tos.

Three years ago, while at­tend­ing UN events mark­ing the 70th an­niver­sary of its found­ing, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping along with lead­ers from other coun­tries jointly adopted the 2030 ASD, as­sur­ing a new era for the global cause of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.

As the largest de­vel­op­ing coun­try in the world, China has in­te­grated the im­ple­men­ta­tion into its mid- to long-term na­tional de­vel­op­ment strate­gies and for­mu­lated a na­tional im­ple­men­ta­tion plan.

China was among the first to re­lease its na­tional plan and progress re­port. Fol­low­ing the new de­vel­op­ment phi­los­o­phy, China has been pur­su­ing bal­anced progress in its ef­forts on the eco­nomic, so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal fields.

“In the past five years, we lifted an­other 68 mil­lion peo­ple out of poverty, and we are work­ing steadily to­ward the goal of mak­ing poverty his­tory in the coun­try by 2020,” Wang said, adding that China has in­cor­po­rated the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the 2030 Agenda into var­i­ous pri­mary agen­das of sev­eral mul­ti­lat­eral con­fer­ences.

“We have also scaled up South-South Co­op­er­a­tion and worked ac­tively with our part­ners to un­der­take the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, in­ject­ing new im­pe­tus to the global im­ple­men­ta­tion of this agenda,” he said.

Maria Fer­nanda Es­pinosa Garces, pres­i­dent of the 73rd UN Gen­eral Assem­bly, said the ex­hi­bi­tion high­lighted China’s con­tri­bu­tion to the sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals, not­ing China’s fo­cus on SDGs is “cru­cial” for the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agree­ment on cli­mate change.

“We present our ma­jor chance to re­spond to the as­pi­ra­tions of all peo­ple safe­guard­ing our en­vi­ron­ment for cur­rent and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. To do that, we need to con­stantly re­mind our­selves in the in­ter­de­pen­dent world in which we ei­ther swim or sink to­gether,” she said. “I wit­nessed China’s com­mit­ment and lead­er­ship for mul­ti­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion.”

Amina Mo­ham­mad, deputy sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the UN, said the photo ex­hi­bi­tion is just a “snap­shot” of the ways that China is work­ing to achieve its SDGs and dis­plays its “rich ex­pe­ri­ences”.

She com­mended China for its strong com­mit­ment to the 2030 Agenda, not­ing the coun­try has aligned its cur­rent 13th FiveYear-Plan with sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals.

In ad­di­tion to its “crit­i­cal” role in the adop­tion of the ac­tion plan of the Paris Agree­ment, Mo­ham­mad said China also con­trib­uted to the sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of in­fra­struc­ture at the re­gional and global level through the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive.

She also wel­comed China’s no­table in­crease in in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion pledges in re­cent years for cli­mate ac­tion and peace­keep­ing.

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HONG XIAO / CHINA DAILY

State Coun­cilor and For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi browses the photo ex­hi­bi­tion Chi­nainAc­tion:Im­ple­ment­ingth­e2030A­gendaforSus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment at United Na­tions Head­quar­ters in New York on Wed­nes­day.

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