UN chief com­mends China for its out­reach

In­vi­ta­tions to sum­mit show coun­try’s ex­pan­sive and ‘com­pas­sion­ate’ vi­sion

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICAS - By AN BAIJIE in Hangzhou an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral BanKi-moon said on Sun­day that he “re­ally ap­pre­ci­ates” China’s ef­fort to in­vite the largest num­ber of de­vel­op­ing coun­tries ever to at­tend a G20 Sum­mit.

“It’s easy to saywe sup­port de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, but it is dif­fi­cult to re­ally take ac­tion to help those peo­ple,” Ban said, adding that the ef­fort re­flects the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment’s “far-reach­ing, vi­sion­ary and com­pas­sion­ate” out­look.

It is in line with “per­sis­tent Chi­nese ef­forts” to push for­ward South-South co­op­er­a­tion, he said at a news con­fer­ence on the side­lines of the two-day sum­mit in Hangzhou, Zhe­jiang prov­ince.

Ban thanked Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping for em­pha­siz­ing sus­tain­able devel­op­ment as the core el­e­ment of the G20 agenda. De­vel­oped coun­tries have the ca­pac­ity to mo­bi­lize many re­sources, but there are­many coun­tries whose re­sources are lim­ited, he said.

He told re­porters that G20 mem­bers have a key role in pro­mot­ing a sta­ble, in­clu­sive and sus­tain­able eco­nomic growth agenda.

“All this should be pro­moted through a part­ner­ship of all of us,” he said. “And the G20 Sum­mit is the place where we strengthen such part­ner­ships be­tween de­vel­oped and de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.”

Poverty re­duc­tion is the No 1 pri­or­ity of the United Na­tions, Ban said, not­ing that there are still more than 1 bil­lion peo­ple­whoearn less than $1.25 a day. The top pri­or­ity goal is that all forms of poverty must be erad­i­cated by 2030, when there will be no peo­ple “whose stom­achs are empty”, he said.

“With the strong eco­nomic push by the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment, we were able to achieve the No 1 goal of mil­len­nium devel­op­ment. We owe a lot to the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment’s con­tri­bu­tion,” he added.

The gov­ern­ment has­made

The G20 Sum­mit is the place where we strengthen such part­ner­ships be­tween de­vel­oped and de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.” Ban Ki-moon, UN sec­re­tary-gen­eral

poverty re­duc­tion its top pri­or­ity. Dur­ing a tour in July to the Ningxia Hui au­ton­o­mous re­gion, an un­der­de­vel­oped area with a high con­cen­tra­tion of eth­nic groups, Xi said: “There are still some 50 mil­lion Chi­nese strug­gling with poverty, and by 2020 they must all be lifted out of poverty. This is my top con­cern now.”

It was Ban’s sec­ond trip to Hangzhou, where eco­nomic and so­cial devel­op­ment has been im­pres­sive and the peo­ple live in peace and sta­bil­ity. “This kind of ben­e­fit and op­por­tu­nity should be shared by peo­ple around the world,” he said.

Not­ing this is the last G20 he will at­tend as UN sec­re­tary-gen­eral, Ban con­grat­u­lated China for “suc­cess­fully host­ing and won­der­fully or­ga­niz­ing” the event.

HuangWei, di­rec­tor of the In­sti­tute of Global Gov­er­nance un­der the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sciences, said that this year’s sum­mit has brought the in­dus­tri­al­iza­tion of Africa to the fore­front. African coun­tries will ben­e­fit from the G20 plat­form, she said.

“The par­tic­i­pa­tion of more de­vel­op­ing coun­tries has strength­ened the le­git­i­macy of the G20, as the group has long been asked whether only 20 economies should rep­re­sent the world,” she said, adding that the G20 should not be a club of su­per­pow­ers but a key plat­form to ben­e­fit all coun­tries around the world.

WANG ZHUANGFEI / CHINA DAILY

Ban Ki-moon, UN sec­re­tary-gen­eral, praises China’s ef­fort to strengthen de­vel­op­ing coun­tries’ par­tic­i­pa­tion in the G20 at a news con­fer­ence on Sun­day.

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