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Statement of Ambassador Wang Min, Deputy Permanent Representative of China, at the General Debate of the Second Committee of the 69th Session of the General Assembly

2014/10/08

                                                                                                 (photo: niuxiaolei  xinhua news agency)

Mr. Chairman,

I wish to begin by congratulating you on your election as the chair of the Second Committee of this session. My delegation will closely cooperate with you and the Bureau to strive for the timely and successful completion of the work of our committee. China associates itself with the statement by Bolivia on behalf of the G77 and China.

Mr. Chairman,

The international cooperation for development has now entered an important transitional stage with the deadline for achieving the MDGs fast approaching, the launching of inter-governmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda imminent and the deadline for a new international agreement on climate change coming soon. The international community should proceed from the common interest of mankind, adhere to the idea of mutual-benefit, win-win results and common development, take stock of all aspects of the current international cooperation for development so as to plan carefully for the future of such cooperation and make a collective commitment to revitalizing the multilateral development agenda. The UN must continue to play a central role in international cooperation for development. In this connection, China believes that the current session of the GA should concentrate its work in the field of economic development in the following aspects:

First, mobilize international political will for the realization of the MDGs. The international community should continue to fulfill its commitments and maintain efforts to push for the attainment of the MDGs. It is necessary to guarantee development resources, accelerate implementation, focus on helping Africa with development and poverty reduction, and increase support for the LDCs and SIDs. On their part, developing countries should take effective action based on their national conditions to achieve development.

Secondly, safeguard the framework for international development cooperation and formulate a fair, inclusive and sustainable post-2015 development agenda. The new agenda should take the MDGs as its basis and poverty eradication and development promotion as its core. It should adhere to such guiding principles as diversity of development models and “common but differentiated responsibilities”. It should set as priorities eradicating poverty and hunger, advancing social progress and livelihood improvement, promoting inclusive economic growth and enhancing ecological conservation. Effective means and mechanisms of implementation are needed to ensure the realization of its goals.

Thirdly, improve the global economic governance and create an enabling international economic environment. The multilateral trade framework with the WTO as its core must continue to play an active role. It is also necessary to explore various forms of regional trade arrangement and resolutely oppose trade and investment protectionism. The reform of the international financial system must continue in-depth to further increase the voice and representation of emerging markets and developing countries. Rules on sovereign debt restructuring should be improved; debt reduction and cancellation for developing countries should be continued and market access increased so as to effectively lessen their debt burden.

Fourthly, strengthen unity and collaboration in a common endeavor to tackle global challenges. The UNFCCC must continue to serve as the main conduit for efforts to reach in 2015 a new agreement on climate change that is comprehensive, balanced and in line with the principles of “common but differentiated responsibilities”, equity and respective capabilities. Effective measures are needed to increase the productivity of all aspects of agriculture, stabilize the price of commodities and achieve global food security. We must also work together under the principles of mutually beneficial cooperation, multidisciplinary development and coordinated operation to maintain the world’s energy security.

Mr. Chairman,

Currently, the Chinese economy, while maintaining stability, has taken a turn for the better, with notable achievements and improved performance, thus greatly contributing to the advancement of the world’s economic growth. China’s GDP increased by 7.7% in 2013 and 7.6% in the first half of this year, a high speed compared with other countries. Meanwhile, we have further optimized our economic structure and improved the quality of our economic growth with a reduction of 3.7% in energy consumption per unit GDP. We will continue to implement the strategy set by the Third Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee, deepen reform in all areas, further open up economy and take more effective measures to enable the whole population to benefit from our nation’s development. The sustained healthy growth of the Chinese economy will certainly create a bigger market and more space for development for all countries, and create new opportunities for and impetus to the development of the whole world.

As a responsible developing country, China has all along taken an active part in international cooperation for development, and has, within the framework of South-South cooperation, provided to the best of its capability assistance to other developing countries in their development priority areas. While pursuing its own development, China will remain committed to promoting common development and prosperity of mankind as a whole and shoulder international duties and responsibilities compatible to its national situation and level of development. We stand ready to work hand in hand with the international community to contribute further to the world’s development and prosperity and to the advancement of international cooperation for development.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

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