|Statement by H.E. Mr. Liu Zhenmin, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of the Chinese Mission, at the 48th Session of the Commission for Social Development on Agenda Item 3(a) "Social Integration"|
At the outset, please allow me to congratulate you on your election as the chairman of this session of the Commission. My delegation associates itself with the statement by the representative of Yemen on behalf of the Group of 77 and China.
At the Copenhagen World Summit on Social Development 15 years ago, governments committed themselves to promoting social integration. Since then, good progress has been made in the implementation of the outcome of the Summit and national action and international cooperation in promoting social integration have been constantly increasing. However, as stated by the report of the Secretary General, we still have a long way to go before the "society for all" envisaged by the Summit is turned into reality. The international financial crisis that erupted at the end of 2008 has posed daunting challenges to countries' economic stability and social development, including social integration. Currently, the world economic and financial situation has shown signs of improvement, but deep rooted structural problems cannot be solved in the short run and a complete recovery of the world economy will be a tortuous and slow moving process. How to mitigate the shock of the financial crisis, maintain social equity and justice, and promote social integration constitute a challenge to all governments. It is therefore relevant for this session of the Commission to continue the discussion of the priority theme on social integration. The Chinese government supports the UN system in mainstreaming the question of social integration into its policies and programs and supports the Commission for Social Development in continuing to play an active role in this field.
I wish to make the following observations under this priority theme: