Li to at­tend UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly

He is ex­pected to pro­pose ‘prag­matic moves’ to meet world chal­lenges, visit Canada, Cuba

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHAOHUANXIN in zhaohuanxin@Bei­jing zhaohuanxin@chi­­

Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang is ex­pected to an­nounce a raft of “prag­matic moves” sup­port­ing the United Na­tions in ad­dress­ing global chal­lenges when he at­tends the 71st ses­sion of the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly, a se­nior diplo­mat said in Bei­jing on Wed­nes­day.

Dur­ing his stay in New York from Sun­day to Wed­nes­day, the pre­mier is also sched­uled to meet with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of var­i­ous US or­ga­ni­za­tions, ex­chang­ing views on devel­op­ing re­la­tions be­tween the world’s two largest economies, Vice-For­eign Min­is­ter Li Baodong told a news con­fer­ence.

Af­ter the UN’s an­nual meet­ing, he will fly to Canada and Cuba, on a trip ex­pected to end on Sept 28.

While details of Li’s sched­ule in New York were not re­leased, he is ex­pected to join the an­nual gen­eral de­bate and a UN high-level meet­ing on refugees and mi­grants, ac­cord­ing to the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly agenda.

The UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly opened its 71st ses­sion on Tues­day with a fo­cus on joint global ef­forts to im­ple­ment the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals, a blue­print for erad­i­cat­ing poverty and hunger, pro­mot­ing equal­ity, and pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment for the years lead­ing up to 2030.

The first ac­tion plan for im­ple­ment­ing the 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment was for­mu­lated at the G20 Sum­mit in Hangzhou this month.

China has been a staunch sup­porter of UN causes and hopes the an­nual ses­sion of the UN will re­sult in a con­ver­gence of ef­forts in fight­ing global chal­lenges such as ter­ror­ism, the refugee and im­mi­gra­tion crises, cy­berspace se­cu­rity and spread of in­fec­tious dis­eases.

At the UN head­quar­ters, the pre­mier is likely to ex­pound on China’s stand­points on world or­der, global gov­er­nance, and peace and de­vel­op­ment, and an­nounce a range of mea­sures in sup­port of the UN in deal­ing with the global chal­lenges, the vice-min­is­ter said.

Peter Thom­son, pres­i­dent of the Gen­eral As­sem­bly, said it had been heart­en­ing to ob­serve the sin­cer­ity with which gov­ern­ments and na­tional plan­ning agen­cies have be­gun in­te­grat­ing the 2030 Agenda into na­tional pro­cesses.

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