China reaps global praise on growth

China Daily (USA) - - LI’S VISIT - By AN BAIJIE in Bei­jing an­bei­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang has ar­rived in New York for the UN Gen­eral Assembly, his first visit to United Na­tions’ head­quar­ters since be­com­ing Pre­mier in March 2013.

The 71st ses­sion of the UN Gen­eral Assembly has as its top pri­or­i­ties the 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment and chal­lenges posed by ter­ror­ism, refugees and in­fec­tious dis­eases. Li was also to ad­dress sev­eral re­lated events dur­ing his stay in New York.

This year marks the 45th an­niver­sary of the Peo­ple’s Re­pub­lic of China re­sum­ing its seat in the UN

In Bei­jing in Au­gust, when Li met Peter Thom­son, the then pres­i­dent-elect of the 71st Ses­sion of the UN Gen­eral Assembly, he said China would firmly sup­port the UN in deal­ing with global threats and chal­lenges and safe­guard­ing the post­war in­ter­na­tional or­der.

As a per­ma­nent mem­ber of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, China’s con­tin­u­ing ef­forts to press for sus­tain­able growth and to im­prove global gov­er­nance have gained warm sup­port from world lead­ers meet­ing in the lake­side city of Hangzhou.

At the G20 Sum­mit that ended on Sept 5, a com­mu­nique was adopted that clar­i­fied the de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tion, tar­gets and mea­sures of co­op­er­a­tion, to­gether with a string of spe­cific ac­tion plans.

To make eco­nomic glob­al­iza­tion more in­clu­sive, those at the sum­mit de­cided to put de­vel­op­ment at the cen­ter of global macro pol­icy. The first ac­tion plan has been for­mu­lated for im­ple­ment­ing the 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment.

UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon wel­comed the con­fer­ence’s fo­cus on sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment and cli­mate change, urg­ing all coun­tries to take early ac­tion on th­ese is­sues.

“For the first time in the history of the G20 the Hangzhou Draft com­mu­niqué is now fo­cus­ing on this Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Ac­tion Agenda as one of their most im­por­tant [as­pects of] the out­come doc­u­ment,” Ban said at a news con­fer­ence on Sept 4 be­fore the sum­mit opened.

“Cli­mate change and Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals should go hand in hand. That is not my mes­sage; that is the mes­sage of all sci­en­tists, econ­o­mists and all ex­perts.”

Early ac­tion “will bring more and more, and bet­ter and bet­ter re­sults”, he said.

Last Septem­ber the UN Gen­eral Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment, a new global frame­work to ad­vance peace and pros­per­ity for all peo­ple and for a healthy planet.

“I urge all coun­tries to align their na­tional poli­cies, so­cio-eco­nomic poli­cies, pro­grams and in­vest­ment be­hind th­ese Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals,” Ban said at the news con­fer­ence.

He spoke highly of the rat­i­fi­ca­tion of the land­mark Paris cli­mate change agree­ment by China and the United States, call­ing for ac­cel­er­ated ef­forts from other coun­tries to en­dorse the pact.

De­scrib­ing the progress as a ma­jor suc­cess, he praised the “out­stand­ing lead­er­ship” demon­strated by Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and U.S. Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, who handed over le­gal in­stru­ments to Ban on Sept 3 in a tes­ta­ment to their re­solve to tackle the global chal­lenge.

LIU ZHEN / CHINA NEWS SER­VICE

Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang meets with Peter Thom­son, pres­i­dent-elect of the 71st Ses­sion of the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assembly, in Bei­jing in Au­gust.

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