Ban lauds China on G20 plans

In lead-up to sum­mit, UN leader praises Bei­jing for putting cli­mate atop agenda

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By WANG LINYAN at the United Na­tions wan­glinyan@ chi­nadai­lyusa. com

UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon com­mended China for lead­ing the G20 to­ward an ac­tion agenda that sup­ports de­vel­op­ment and cli­mate change.

“For the first time in the his­tory of G20, Chi­nese lead­er­ship is align­ing the ac­tion agenda, the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals and the cli­mate change agree­ment in their agenda of the G20,” Ban said on Aug 26 in an in­ter­view with sev­eral Chi­nese me­dia out­lets at the United Na­tions head­quar­ters in New York.

“This is the first time that G20 lead­ers are gath­er­ing to dis­cuss on both SDGs and cli­mate change, how we can im­ple­ment this in par­al­lel.”

The 11th G20 sum­mit will be held in Hangzhou, East China’s Zhe­jiang province from Sept 4 to 5, with the theme “To­ward an In­no­va­tive, In­vig­o­rated, In­ter­con­nected and In­clu­sive World Econ­omy”.

Ban, who will at­tend the G20 for the last time as sec­re­tary-gen­eral, said the theme re­flects the spirit of the 2030 De­vel­op­ment Agenda, which was ap­proved by world lead­ers last Septem­ber. His sec­ond five-year term will con­clude at year’s end.

For­eign Min­istry spokesman Lu Kang said that the G20 sum­mit will pri­or­i­tize de­vel­op­ment. “We will push to adopt an ac­tion plan for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment, and co­or­di­nate col­lec­tive ac­tions with coun­try ac­tions,” Lu said.

He said the G20 sum­mit will is­sue a strong sig­nal on de­vel­op­ment, which will help im­ple­ment the in­ter­na­tional con­sen­sus and in­ject a new im­pe­tus to world eco­nomic growth.

Chi­nese lead­ers steered the de­bate to shift the G20 from short-term cri­sis man­age­ment to long-term per­spec­tive, ac­cord­ing to the sec­re­tary-gen­eral. Ban said the G20 lead­ers

This is very en­cour­ag­ing news. I hope many coun­tries ... will fol­low the suit of Chi­nese lead­er­ship.” Ban Ki-moon, UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral

need to ad­dress how to man­age cur­rent global eco­nomic dif­fi­cul­ties, adding that China has been lead­ing by ex­am­ple.

Fi­nance Min­is­ter Lou Ji­wei said China is pro­mot­ing pri­or­ity ar­eas and guid­ing prin­ci­ples for struc­tural re­form of G20 mem­bers, which is vi­tal to achiev­ing the goal of rais­ing the G20’s GDP by at least 2 per­cent by 2018.

The min­is­ter said on Aug 26 in Bei­jing that G20 fi­nan­cial min­is­ters and cen­tral bank gov­er­nors have reached a con­sen­sus on global co­op­er­a­tion.

This sum­mit also rep­re­sents an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for G20 lead­ers and oth­ers to ad­vance the rat­i­fi­ca­tion process of the Paris Agree­ment on cli­mate change, Ban said.

So far, 22 coun­tries have rat­i­fied the agree­ment. But for it to come into force, it needs 55 coun­tries with 55 per­cent of global green­house gas emis­sions to rat­ify.

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping has de­clared China’s com­mit­ment to rat­ify the Paris Agree­ment on the oc­ca­sion of G20.

“This is very en­cour­ag­ing news. I hope many coun­tries, par­tic­u­larly G20 coun­tries, will fol­low the suit of Chi­nese lead­er­ship,” Ban said.

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