Anti-glob­al­iza­tion will in­flu­ence sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment progress

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

NEW YORK — Anti-glob­al­iza­tion will hin­der the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity from achiev­ing a set of global goals aim­ing at erad­i­cat­ing poverty, pro­mot­ing so­cial equal­ity and com­bat­ing cli­mate change, said Liu Zhen­min, new UN un­der­sec­re­tary-gen­eral for eco­nomic and so­cial af­fairs.

In a re­cent in­ter­view with Xin­hua News Agency, Liu said that the eco­nomic glob­al­iza­tion is ir­re­versible due to the estab­lish­ment of the in­ter­na­tional divi­sion of la­bor and the vol­ume of in­ter­na­tional trade. “Coun­tries that ques­tion eco­nomic glob­al­iza­tion can hardly es­cape this process.”

Not­ing that a new round of anti-glob­al­iza­tion had emerged since last year, Liu said it will have a huge im­pact on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals agreed by UN mem­ber states which pur­sue the well­be­ing of ev­ery hu­man be­ing on the planet.

In 2015, 193 UN mem­ber states adopted the 2030 Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Agenda which out­lined 17 sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals and 169 spe­cific tar­gets. The agenda has vowed to end poverty in all its forms ev­ery­where, es­pe­cially to erad­i­cate ex­treme poverty mea­sured as peo­ple liv­ing on less than $1.25 dol­lar a day.

Liu, who as­sumed of­fice as UN un­der-sec­re­tary-gen­eral on Tues­day, said one of his pri­or­i­ties in his ten­ure is to help UN mem­ber states to im­ple­ment the 2030 Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Agenda.

Point­ing out that some de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, least de­vel­oped coun­tries, and small is­land coun­tries, have dif­fi­cul­ties in pro­mot­ing de­vel­op­ment due to a lack of ex­pe­ri­ence and tech­nol­ogy, Liu said help­ing de­vel­op­ing

Coun­tries that ques­tion eco­nomic glob­al­iza­tion can hardly es­cape this process.”

Liu Zhen­min, UN un­der-sec­re­tary-gen­eral for eco­nomic and so­cial af­fairs

coun­tries with their ca­pac­ity build­ing will also be an im­por­tant part of his work.

Prior to this po­si­tion, Liu was vice-min­is­ter for for­eign af­fairs of China since 2013. He was deeply in­volved for 10 years in cli­mate change ne­go­ti­a­tions.

“We need to change our life­style, change our way of con­sump­tion of en­ergy and trans­form into a low-car­bon de­vel­op­ment pat­tern to achieve a sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment path,” he said. “I hope we can pro­mote the estab­lish­ment of some co­op­er­a­tion mech­a­nisms in this re­spect.”

Speak­ing of China’s role in global de­vel­op­ment, Liu said the UN is pay­ing at­ten­tion to China’s ef­forts in pro­mot­ing global de­vel­op­ment, es­pe­cially China’s launch of its Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive. “We hope China can play a more ac­tive role in the frame­work of the United Na­tions in the fu­ture.”

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