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Statement by Ambassador Wang Min, Deputy Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations at the 4th Meeting of SDGs OWG


Mr. Co-chairs,

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to attend the fourth Meeting of SDGs OWG, and make a statement on behalf of China, Indonesia and Kazakhstan. I thank our two co-chairs for the efforts they have made in preparation for this meeting. Our troika supports the statement made by Fiji on behalf of the Group of 77 and China. Now I would like to make a few points on employment and decent work, social protection, youth, education and culture.

On employment and decent work, creation of sustained employment opportunities is the key to reducing inequality, eradicating poverty and promoting economic growth. At present, the world economic recovery is undergoing some twists and turns, as evidenced by inadequate drive for global economic growth, more complicated and challenging employment situation, and the lingering high joblessness of young people in particular.The SDGs may set separate goals for employment and decent work. At the same time, we need to ensure there is a linkage between these goalsand those concerning other areas of livelihood. To be specific, these goals include, at national level, implementing development strategies conducive to job creation, giving top priority to promotion of full and productive employment for women and youth, increasing support for the private sector, especially the small and medium enterprises, strengthening public employment and human resources services, improving the integrated mechanism for employment and social welfare, promoting decent work, and establishing a harmonious environment for employees. At international level, these goals include mainstreaming job creation into the global macro-economic policy, increasing input to developing countries in terms of financial assistance, scientific research,technological cooperation and vocational training, and improving the productivity of developing countries and the development of their labor-intensive industries.

On social protection, a full-fledged social welfare system provides an important guarantee for socioeconomic development, and a safety net for social harmony and stability. The SDGs should center on social welfaresystems that cover all citizens and feature extensive, multi-dimensionaland sustained coverage for basic sustenance. It is imperative to strengthen the integration and coordination among social insurance, social relief and social welfare, increase input in social welfare by public finance, put emphasis on addressing such livelihood issues as education, employment, medical care, old-age care and housing, and beef up the long-term employment assistance mechanism for the vulnerable group.