|Remarks of Ambassador Wang Min, Deputy Permanent Representative of China at the Farewell Reception|
Thank you, Ambassador Liu, for your warm remarks.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Let me begin by thanking you all for coming to today's reception
Time flies. Five years and 8 months went by in the blink of an eye. Looking back, I found each year extraordinary. The world underwent great changes, so did China and the United Nations.
My greatest honor in the past six years is to have received President Xi Jinping for the UN Summits last September. From the rostrums of the UN, President Xi expounded on China's position and put forward a host of cooperation initiatives, leaving a deep imprint in history.
My biggest joy is seeing the adoption of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, a hard-won result of nearly three years of difficult consultations. This important document provides guidelines for international development cooperation and draws a new blueprint for global development in the next 15 years.
My greatest relief is that some international crises, such as South Sudan, Syria and Libya, are on the track of political settlement, showing us the light at the end of the tunnel.
My deepest impression is the overall rise of emerging countries and developing countries these years. They are now playing a more and more important role in all UN endeavors.
My greatest pride comes from the increasing role and growing contribution of China in the political, security, economic and social, human rights and other areas of UN's work.
I took part in all this important work. I fulfilled my mission， made humble contribution to safeguarding China's interests and promoting world peace and development. Living in this great era and serving my great motherland, I must say I am very much privileged. Six years ago, I came here as China's youngest deputy permanent representative. Six years later, I am leaving as China's longest-serving DPR. Now I am totally exhausted, but I shall never regret my devotion to this great cause.
The UN is not a panacea, but it's indispensable. Let us keep up the good work, enable the UN to play a bigger role in international affairs, foster a new type of international relations of win-win cooperation and build a community of common destiny. Let's work to eliminate poverty, end conflicts and achieve peace, development and prosperity in the world.
In the past six years, I have enjoyed great support from you. I thank the former PR Ambassador Li Baodong and Ambassador Liu Jieyi for their leadership. I thank all the colleagues at the Chinese Mission and from other missions and the UN Secretariat. My thanks also go to our friends from the media. I am grateful to you all and I will cherish our friendship. Now, I am leaving for a new post. Wherever I go, I will keep this warm and sincere heart. But don't blame me if the icebergs at the North Pole melt. That's not because of my warm heart---you know I have a cool head-that's global warming.
Thank you again. Wish you all happiness and every success in
the Year of the Monkey.