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Statement by Ambassador Zhang Yishan of the Chinese Mission to the UN at the first informal consultation on follow-up to the World Summit Outcome on Development and ECOSOC Reform
2005/11/22

2005/11/22


Mr. Co-chairmen,

I wish to thank the co-chairmen for holding this meeting. The Chinese delegation supports the statement made by the Ambassador of Jamaica on behalf of the Group of 77 and China. The Chinese delegation attaches great importance to follow-up to the World Summit Outcome on development and ECOSOC reform. Since development is an issue that bears on the well-being of billions of people in developing countries, which account for 2/3 of UN membership, and concerns global stability, it should be given top priority. The Chinese delegation would like to take part in the informal consultations in a positive and constructive manner, and contribute its share to early consensus and actions.

In our view, it is essential to adhere to the following four cardinal principles in follow-up to the Summit Outcome on development and ECOSOC reform. First, any reform, arrangement and follow-up effort should be outcome-oriented. We have formed a comprehensive development agenda through a series of major UN conferences and summits in the economic and social fields. This year's World Summit Outcome Document has reiterated the relevant commitments. We should make full use of this momentum of the international community to reach the internationally agreed development goals through concrete and measurable actions. Second, the starting point for any follow-up action should be supporting the domestic endeavors of developing countries. Undoubtedly, national governments shoulder the primary responsibility for their countries' development. Many developing countries have made tireless efforts to promote national development and realize MDGs. The United Nations should reinforce international cooperation, and offer more powerful support and assistance to developing countries. Third, any follow-up action should help mobilize resources to facilitate the development of developing countries. It is known to all that the biggest bottleneck restraining the development of developing countries is the shortage of resources. To tackle this problem should become an important part of the follow-up actions. Fourth, it is essential to maintain the attraction and appeal of the question of development to all countries and peoples. During the preparation for the world summit, all governments and public opinions were mobilized and a strong impetus was given to development issues. We should try to keep this momentum in our follow-up actions so as to continue to receive extensive support both in developed and developing countries.

Mr. Co-chairmen,

We have noticed the questions on follow-up efforts you've raised in your letter addressed to permanent representatives earlier. These questions merit careful reflections. The process of finding answers to these questions is the process where Member States seek consensus on follow-up. The Chinese de