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Statement by Ms. WANG Hongbo,Minister Counsellor of the Chinese Mission to the United Nations on Agenda Items 23 (a) and (b) at the Second Committee of 65th UNGA Session


Madam Chair,

The Chinese delegation wishes to thank the Secretary General for his reports on agenda items 23(a) and (b), and associates itself with the statement made by Yemen on behalf of the Group of 77 and China.

Madam Chair,

The world economy has started a slow recovery, but the repercussions of the financial crisis are still being felt. The momentum of the recovery is weak and prospects uncertain. Against this backdrop, the question of development assumes even greater prominence. The LDCs and the LLDCs, being vulnerable groups in the world economy, are in urgent need for a better external development environment while struggling to address formidable internal development challenges. The international community must give full play to the spirit of partnership demonstrated at the recent UN Summit on MDGs, implement in earnest the outcome document of that meeting, the Monterey Consensus and other commitments for development financing, and strengthen its support for the LDCs and the LLDCs so as to help them achieve the MDGs by 2015.

Madam Chair,

The development of the LDCs is the key to the timely attainment of the MDGs. This is the last year of the Programme of Action for the LDCs for the decade of 2001-2010, but there still exists a considerable gap between the LDCs' development achievements and the objectives set forth in the Programme of Action. The Fourth UN Conference on LDCs to be held next year will develop a plan of action for the next decade for the international community's support for the LDCs and will have a direct bearing on the LDCs' efforts to achieve the MDGs on time. In this connection, China proposes that the international community seize the important opportunity provided by the conference and intensify efforts in the following areas:

1. Reaffirmation of political commitments. The outcome of the conference should reaffirm the unwavering political commitment of the international community to supporting the development of the LDCs, reflect the partnership spirit of the international community in supporting the LDCs, and develop a medium-and-long-term holistic and forward-looking strategy for supporting the development of the LDCs.

2. Increase of ODA. ODA is the most direct and effective measure in support of the LDCs, and is also their most significant source of development financing. The conference should urge member states concerned to honor their commitment under the Brussels Programme of Action of providing 0.15-0.