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Statement by Ambassador Wang Min, Deputy Permanent Representative of China at the General Debate on Operational Activities for Development Segment at the 2014 Substantive Session of ECOSOC



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Mr. President,

The Chinese delegation wishes to thank the Secretary General for his report submitted under this segment and associates itself with the statement made by Bolivia on behalf of the Group of 77 and China.

Mr. President,

The 67th session of the GA adopted resolution 67/226 on the quadrennial comprehensive policy review (QCPR) of the operational activities for development, setting out explicit requirements and pointing out the direction for the work of the UN development system and agencies. Since the adoption of the resolution, the UN development system and agencies have made active efforts to implement the resolution, and completed the relevant work including the formulation of new strategic plans, thus laying a solid foundation for the comprehensive implementation of the QCPR resolution.

The Chinese delegation encourages the UN development system and agencies to continue their efforts to comprehensively implement the resolution; maintain the fundamental characteristics of the UN operational activities for development; preserve the universal, voluntary and grant nature as well as neutrality and multilateralism of such activities; and respect the ownership and leadership of the program countries of their own development. The UN agencies should continue to pursue the attainment of the MDGs, focus on development and poverty eradication, strengthen management and improve efficiency so as the effectively help the developing countries, the LDCs in particular, to realize sustainable development.

The Chinese delegation wishes to reiterate and stress the following views:

1. On the core issue of the development agenda.

Poverty eradication constitutes the biggest global challenge and the core requisite for the sustainable development of the developing countries. Eradicating poverty via increasing the capacity for self-development of the developing countries should remain the main focus of the UN development system.