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Ev­ery­thing is bet­ter with growth and you [China] have been lead­ing the charge in terms of growth. Over the last 10 years, you have dou­bled your GDP, and you have also dou­bled the per capita in­come of the Chi­nese peo­ple. In ad­di­tion to that, in the next five years, you will be bring­ing 56 mil­lion out of the ru­ral ar­eas in what was poverty and will now be bet­ter in­come.

“It’s not just your words, but it’s also ac­tion. You’ve put the SDGs (sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals) clearly into your 13th Five-Year Plan and you’ve de­ter­mined to ac­tu­ally put those into an an­nual ac­tion plan, which will drive your ac­tions. This is for China, but you are also do­ing things for other coun­tries. The academy’s South-South, which will fo­cus on de­vel­op­ment for oth­ers, is some­thing that was gen­er­ated out of the G20 and will help other coun­tries on the road of co­op­er­a­tion and de­vel­op­ment — the Road and Belt Ini­tia­tive and the sup­port you’re giv­ing the In­ter­na­tional Mone­tary Fund to sup­port other coun­tries.”

The Chi­nese pres­i­dency of the G20 sup­ported ex­pand­ing in­vest­ments in in­fra­struc­ture to spur growth and cre­ate jobs, as well as in­crease mo­bi­liza­tion of pri­vate re­sources. China’s abil­ity to in­flu­ence global de­vel­op­ment comes from a va­ri­ety of fac­tors. The coun­try’s eco­nomic growth af­fects the growth rate of many coun­tries around the world. Its am­bi­tious poli­cies in cut­ting back harm­ful emis­sions will also play a ma­jor role in whether the world will keep global warm­ing un­der 2 de­grees Cel­sius. “The World Bank Group’s en­gage­ment with China on some of its most fun­da­men­tal de­vel­op­ment is­sues has also shown an­other side of China as a de­vel­op­ment innovator of the world. As you know, Pre­mier Li, ev­ery few years, you give us a new as­sign­ment for work we’re sup­posed to do with you, and so in the past few years we’ve co-pro­duced re­ports on the de­vel­op­ment vi­sion for 2030, on ur­ban­iza­tion, on health­care, and the most re­cent as­sign­ment you’ve given us is look­ing for new driv­ers of eco­nomic growth for China and the world.”

We are one year into the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the 2030 agenda for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment. Our aim as an in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity is to hit the ground run­ning. The re­cent meet­ing of a high-level po­lit­i­cal fo­rum on sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment shed light on im­ple­men­ta­tion ef­forts around the world. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from gov­ern­ments, civil so­ci­ety, the pri­vate sec­tor, the UN sys­tem and other stake­hold­ers pre­sented their ini­tia­tives. Twenty-two coun­tries pre­sented vol­un­tary na­tional re­views, in­clud­ing China. “Of the 11 G20 sum­mit meet­ings, this was the first time that the de­vel­op­ment agenda was taken as an ac­tion agenda. I ap­pre­ci­ate Chi­nese lead­er­ship and vi­sion. Within the UN sys­tem we too are tak­ing all nec­es­sary mea­sures to align our work to the 2030 agenda. I’m en­cour­aged by the ini­tial progress, but the am­bi­tion of the 2030 agenda leaves no room for com­pla­cency and the chal­lenges are im­mense.”

Chris­tine La­garde, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the In­ter­na­tional Mone­tary Fund

Ban Ki-moon, sec­re­tary­gen­eral of the UN

Jim Yong Kim, pres­i­dent of the World Bank

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