|Statement by Ambassador Liu Jieyi at the Press Conference and Launch Event of UNPA Break Barriers, Open Doors Postage Stamps|
Ms. Zhang Haidi, President of China Disabled Persons' Federation,
Assistant Secretary-General Mr. Stephen Cutts,
Ms. Daniela Bas, Director for Social Policy and Development,
Mr. David Failor, Chief of UN Postal Administration,
Friends from the press,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Good afternoon. It is my great honor to attend the Launching of United Nations Postage Stamps Series Breaking Barriers and Opening Doors.
We couldn’t have chosen a better timing for the launching of these meaningful stamps, as the UN High-level Meeting on the Realization of the Millennium Development Goals and Other Internationally Agreed Development Goals for Persons with Disabilities has drawn attention from many parts of the world. This High-level Meeting is a most befitting prelude of the high-level week of the 68th Session of the General Assembly. As world leaders convene here, these stamps send out important and special messages. They embody UN’s commitment to the wellbeing of disabled persons. In this regard, the United Nations has done fruitful work in protecting their rights and helping them achieve development in various aspects. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is an important hallmark. Vigorous efforts are under way to incorporate goals for disabled persons into the Post-2015 Development Agenda. China will continue to actively participate in and firmly support these endeavors.
United Nations stamps are unique envoys to spread ideas and inspirations. I thank the United Nations Postal Administration for working closely with the Chinese Permanent Mission in issuing stamps featuring the Year of Snake as well as China’s World Heritage Sites. We are glad that they are very well received. The current issue we are launching features the dance “Thousand-handed Buddha” performed by 21 artists with hearing or vocal disabilities from Disabled Persons’ Performing Art Troupe in China. This dance showcases the inner strengths of persons with disabilities to overcome difficulties in pursuing their dreams. It highlights the central theme of breaking barriers and opening doors. If the World Heritage Sites stamps are about China’s ancient civilization, the “Thousand-handed Buddha” stamp underlines the economic and social achievements of today’s China. It also demonstrates UN’s appreciation of China’s social development, especially for persons with disabilities. It speaks volumes of UN’s dedication to the wellbeing of persons with disabilities all over the world. China highly appreciates this.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Chinese President Xi Jinping has laid out the blue print for the Chinese dream to achieve prosperity and people’s wellbeing, a dream for all Chinese people, including 85 million with disabilities. The Chinese government attaches great importance to the wellbeing and fulfillment of persons with disabilities. We have chartered our way forward and put in place an institutional framework to protect their rights. We earnestly implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, actively participate in international cooperation, and contribute significantly to international efforts in this regard. In the pursuit of the Chinese dream, the Chinese government will be firmly committed to help persons with disabilities to achieve a better life.
The Chinese dream will be pursued in working for peace, development, cooperation and win-win internationally. This is a journey for 1.3 billion Chinese people to work with the rest of the world for harmony, peace and prosperity. The Chinese people stand ready to contribute more to this common objective.