Politi­ci­sa­tion Of Hu­man­i­tar­ian Is­sues Op­posed

Calls for prin­ci­ples to be up­held for in­ter­na­tional co-op­er­a­tion

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AChi­nese of­fi­cial, while ad­dress­ing the first World Hu­man­i­tar­ian Sum­mit, called for a full re­spect of con­di­tions and needs of the re­cip­i­ent coun­tries in the process of de­liv­er­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance, voic­ing op­po­si­tion to politi­cis­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian is­sues. Qian Kem­ing, China’s Vice Min­is­ter for Com­merce, ap­pealed for more fund­ing and tech­no­log­i­cal sup­port to de­vel­op­ing coun­tries while re­spect­ing their ba­sic rights.

He called for prin­ci­ples to be up­held for in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion, in­clud­ing abid­ing by the tenets of the UN Char­ter, re­spect­ing the sovereignty, ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity and na­tional unity of the coun­tries con­cerned, pre­vent­ing “the politi­ci­sa­tion of hu­man­i­tar­ian is­sues” and stick­ing to “non-mil­i­tari­sa­tion of hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance,” and en­sur­ing the re­cip­i­ent coun­tries play a “lead­ing role” in the process.

Other prin­ci­ples are tack­ling causes as well as symp­toms with a view to ad­dress­ing prob­lems at the root of hu­man­i­tar­ian crises, and in­creas­ing in­put into the ca­pac­ity and re­silience-build­ing of de­vel­op­ing coun­tries. Mr Qian re­ferred to the fact that the world is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the worst hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis since World War II, with nat­u­ral dis­as­ters and con­flicts hit­ting more fre­quently and the in­ter­na­tional and re­gional sit­u­a­tions get­ting in­creas­ingly com­pli­cated. “We must make use of this op­por­tu­nity to reaf­firm the prin­ci­ples and forge con­sen­sus, while im­ple­ment­ing the fol­low-ups on the sum­mit’s de­liv­er­ables based on ne­go­ti­ated agree­ment among mem­ber gov­ern­ments,” said Mr Qian. The two-day sum­mit, which kicked off on Mon­day, is aim­ing at im­prov­ing the cur­rent hu­man­i­tar­ian sys­tem that has been run­ning for decades, with fo­cus on con­flict preven­tion and res­o­lu­tion, strength­en­ing the pro­tec­tion of civil­ians, leav­ing no one be­hind, end­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian need and en­sur­ing fund­ing for hu­man­i­tar­ian ac­tions.

Stat­ing that China ad­vo­cates peace­ful so­lu­tions to con­flicts, Mr Qian spoke of his coun­try’s ac­tive in­volve­ment in the po­lit­i­cal process in war-torn Syria. “It has pro­posed a China op­tion for stop­ping vi­o­lence, cease­fire and po­lit­i­cal rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and of­fered hu­man­i­tar­ian aid worth US105 mil­lion (F$223.83m) to the Mid­dle East,” he said. Xin­hua

We must make use of this op­por­tu­nity to reaf­firm the prin­ci­ples and forge con­sen­sus.

Qian Kem­ing

China’s Vice Min­is­ter for Com­merce

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