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Statement by Ambassador Wang Min, Deputy Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations, at the Second Session of the Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee for the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries


New York, 4 April 2011


Mr. Chairman,

The Chinese delegation supports the statement made by Argentina on behalf of the Group of 77 and China. We thank Under-Secretary-General Diarra, government of the host country Turkey, and Chairman and Vice Chairmen of the Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee for the tremendous efforts they have made in preparation for the Conference.Mr. Chairman,

It is the common responsibility of the international community to support the sustainable development of the LDCs.A forward-looking, strong and coordinated plan of action will provide important assurance for this endeavor. The Chinese government stands ready to work with other countries to strengthen support for the LDCs across the board, and push for fruitful results for the Fourth UN Conference on the LDCs.To show the sincerity of the Chinese government and as a specific measure of support, I hereby announce that the Chinese government will contribute 300,000 US dollars to the Trust Fund of the Conference to be used specifically for financing the participation of the LDCs delegates in the Conference.

Mr. Chairman,

With the Conference barely a month away and despite the positive attitude of all member states, significant differences remain to be bridged as indicated by the consultations on the outcome document. The Chinese delegation would like to make three points toward the resolution of some of the outstanding issues:

First, as the most vulnerable group in the world economic system, to achieve economic growth, the LDCs must overcome a wide array of difficulties and inherent weakness on top of their weak foundation. The international community is duty bound to help them get out of the difficult situation as soon as possible.What we need to do urgently is to support the development requests made by the LDCs on the basis of their own development reality and difficulties, respect their leadership and ownership, and reaffirm and strengthen the firm commitments we have made to them. The Chinese delegation calls on all member states to immediately translate the constructive attitude into realaction, display the political will to support the LDCs, and push for early and substantive progress in the negotiations.

Second, the Conference should focus on the development