REFUGEE RE­LIEF PLEDGED

Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang tells UN that China will con­trib­ute $100 mil­lion

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHAO HUANXIN and AMY HE at the United Nations Hong Xiao con­trib­uted to the story.

“China will con­tinue to make un­re­lent­ing ef­forts to pro­mote sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment and will ac­tively par­tic­i­pate in the co­op­er­a­tion with the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity in this area,” Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang told the Round­table on the Im­ple­men­ta­tion of the 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment: Global Process and China’s Prac­tice, at the United Nations on Mon­day.

Li told the par­tic­i­pants the world’s sec­ond-largest econ­omy has sub­stan­tially in­creased its sup­port to the United Nations’ work in at­tain­ing sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals, by pledg­ing an ad­di­tional $100 mil­lion in do­na­tions, and re­dou­bled ef­forts to achieve bal­anced growth.

Bei­jing’s an­nual to­tal do­na­tion to UN de­vel­op­ment agen­cies in 2020 will be $100 mil­lion more com­pared to the amount in 2015, Li an­nounced at the UN head­quar­ters on Mon­day.

Li also said the coun­try’s con­tri­bu­tion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tu­ber­cu­lo­sis and Malaria will amount to $18 mil­lion in the next three years.

The amount of money do­nated to the UN agen­cies on de­vel­op­ment for last year was not im­me­di­ately avail­able. The to­tal fig­ure given to var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment agen­cies and the Global Fund for the three years be­tween 2010 and 2012 was 1.76 bil­lion yuan ($267 mil­lion), ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial re­lease.

The pre­mier said sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment is a com­mon cause for the world, and he called for the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to tackle the is­sue of un­bal­anced de­vel­op­ment, pro­mote in­clu­sive eco­nomic growth and jointly ad­dress global chal­lenges such as pub­lic health and cli­mate change.

The event, hosted by the Chi­nese per­ma­nent UN mis­sion, was at­tended by UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon, UN Gen­eral Assem­bly Pres­i­dent Peter Thom­son and heads of var­i­ous UN agen­cies.

Li said China has ap­proved a roadmap for im­ple­ment­ing the 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment, a blue­print the UN adopted last Septem­ber for end­ing poverty and hunger, pro­mot­ing equal­ity and pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment for the years lead­ing up to 2030.

He­len Clark, Ad­min­is­tra­tor of the UN De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme, said the UNDP looked for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to work with China to sup­port the fast progress which China wants to make on its sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals, or SDGs.

Al­ready, China is show­ing its de­ter­mi­na­tion to lead on im­ple­men­ta­tion by be­ing among those coun­tries which took part in the first na­tional vol­un­tary re­views at this year’s high level po­lit­i­cal fo­rum for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, Clark said.

Ni­cholas Rosellini, deputy re­gional di­rec­tor for Asia and the Pa­cific, said, “We’ve seen the very im­pres­sive com­mit­ment by China to var­i­ous funds not only for de­vel­op­ment but also for hu­man­i­tar­ian and peace-keep­ing and very im­por­tantly for en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity.

“It’s very im­por­tant that the OECD (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,” Rosellini said.

Haib­ing Ma, se­nior re­search as­so­ci­ate and China pro­gram man­ager at the World­watch In­sti­tute, said he be­lieved China had im­proved sig­nif­i­cantly on its first five SDGs, namely no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-be­ing, qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and gen­der equal­ity.

LI TAO / XIN­HUA

Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang speaks dur­ing a high-level meet­ing on ad­dress­ing large move­ments of refugees and mi­grants, at the United Nations Gen­eral Assem­bly in New York on Mon­day.

XIN­HUA

Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang is greeted be­fore act­ing as chair of the China-ini­ti­ated Round­table on Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals.

REUTERS

UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ban-Ki Moon (right) shakes hands with Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang at the sec­re­tary’s res­i­dence in New York on Mon­day.

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