China at UN: A show­case for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By HONG XIAO in New York xi­ao­hong@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

China will demon­strate its achieve­ments and ex­pe­ri­ence in sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment at the United Na­tions this week.

Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang is visit­ing the United States, Canada and Cuba from Sun­day (Sept 18) to Sept 28.

Dur­ing his stay in New York from Sun­day to Wed­nes­day, the pre­mier is sched­uled to at­tend the 71st ses­sion of the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assembly along with China-US re­lated bi­lat­eral ac­tiv­i­ties and meet with rep­re­sen­ta­tives in finance, think tanks and me­dia.

In ad­di­tion to join­ing the an­nual gen­eral debate and a UN high-level meet­ing on refugees and mi­grants dur­ing the Gen­eral Assembly, the pre­mier is sched­uled to host a sym­po­sium ini­ti­ated by China. The theme is the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment in the global process.

At the sym­po­sium, the pre­mier is ex­pected to show­case China’s na­tional achieve­ments and ex­pe­ri­ences in sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment and its role in lead­ing the global im­ple­men­ta­tion of the 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment and guid­ing the de­vel­op­ment of global co­op­er­a­tion.

Ban Ki-moon, Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral of the United Na­tions, and Peter Thom­son, pres­i­dent of the 71st ses­sion of the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assembly, are ex­pected to at­tend the sym­po­sium.

“China is the world’s largest de­vel­op­ing coun­try, it is a leader in terms of ag­gre­gat­ing for South-South Cor­po­ra­tion; it is a leader in terms of shar­ing its own de­vel­op­ment ex­pe­ri­ences with all the de­vel­op­ing coun­tries; and it is a cham­pion to make sure that fund­ing for de­vel­op­ments is avail­able,” said Ni­cholas Rosellini, deputy re­gional di­rec­tor for Asia and the Pa­cific and di­rec­tor of Bangkok Re­gional Hub.

“It’s very im­por­tant that the OECD coun­tries (Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Eco­nomic Co-op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment coun­tries) of the north, the wealthy coun­tries of the north, con­tinue to in­vest … and also equally im­por­tant the coun­tries of the south help each other, and China is very much lead­ing the ag­gre­gat­ing for that,” he said.

“We’ve seen the very im­pres­sive com­mit­ment by China to var­i­ous funds not only for de­vel­op­ment but also for hu­man­i­tar­ian and peace­keep­ing and very im­por­tantly for en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity. So I see that China is a leader, and I know that dur­ing this Gen­eral Assembly, China will show us lead­er­ship,” Rosellini added.

The United Na­tions Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Sum­mit in Septem­ber 2015 adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment, which pro­vides guid­ance to na­tional de­vel­op­ment and in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion in the next 15 years.

De­vel­op­ment could serve as a means to ad­dress var­i­ous global chal­lenges, speed up eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion and up­grad­ing, map out the course of eq­ui­table, open, all­round, in­no­va­tion-driven and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment and ad­vance the well-be­ing of mankind.

China at­taches great im­por­tance to the 2030 Agenda and has made strong ef­forts for its im­ple­men­ta­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs’ web­site, the 13th Five-Year Plan was re­viewed and ap­proved by the Fourth Ses­sion of the 12th Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress this March, link­ing the 2030 Agenda with do­mes­tic mid- and long-term de­vel­op­ment strate­gies.

Ef­forts will be made to pub­li­cize the agenda na­tion­wide in or­der to mo­bi­lize do­mes­tic re­sources and raise pub­lic aware­ness, cre­at­ing a fa­vor­able so­cial en­vi­ron­ment for im­ple­men­ta­tion.

China will strengthen in­ter-sec­tor pol­icy co­or­di­na­tion and re­view and re­vise laws and reg­u­la­tions to pro­vide pol­icy and leg­isla­tive guar­an­tees for the im­ple­men­ta­tion.

The do­mes­tic co­or­di­na­tion mech­a­nism for the im­ple­men­ta­tion con­sists of 43 govern­ment de­part­ments. China is de­ter­mined to lift the 55.75 mil­lion ru­ral res­i­dents liv­ing be­low the poverty line out of poverty in the next five years, which will mark a sig­nif­i­cant step to­ward and early har­vest of China’s im­ple­men­ta­tion of the 2030 Agenda.

“This new agenda un­der­pins sev­eral land­mark agree­ments adopted on tack­ling cli­mate change, fi­nanc­ing de­vel­op­ment, man­ag­ing dis­as­ter risks and re­spond­ing to hu­man­i­tar­ian crises,” wrote He­len Clark, ad­min­is­tra­tor of the United Na­tions De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme (UNDP) in the fore­word of the UNDP 20152016 Re­sults Re­port — Re­gional Bureau for Asia and the Pa­cific.

The 75-page UNDP 2015-2016 Re­sults Re­port says China used the UN re­search to be­come the first G20 coun­try to fully align its na­tional de­vel­op­ment plan with achiev­ing the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals (SDGs).

As the G20 pres­i­dent this year, China lists pro­mot­ing in­clu­sive and in­ter­con­nected de­vel­op­ment as one of the four key agenda items, which will fo­cus on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the 2030 Agenda.

Ni­cholas Rosellini, deputy re­gional di­rec­tor for Asia and the Pa­cific and di­rec­tor of Bangkok Re­gional Hub.

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