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Opening Remarks by Ambassador LIU Jieyi at the Commemorative Event Marking the World Intellectual Property Day 2017

2017/04/26

Madam Moderator,

Excellencies,

Dear Colleagues,

The Chinese Mission is honored to co-sponsor this commemorative event organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on the World Intellectual Property (IP) Day. My thanks also go to UN Women and UNESCO for their invaluable support.

Creation and innovation have been the beacon for human civilization and the fountain nurturing human progress. Thanks to innovation, our lives have transformed. Our sustainable development goals, be it poverty eradication, education or healthcare, have been propelled.

The intellectual property (IP) system, as a guardian and driver of innovation and creation, has been front and center in boosting productivity and progress, by sparking enthusiasm for, channeling investment in and rewarding invention.

In this connection, the WIPO must be commended. As an organization dedicated to the normative framework for intellectual property protection, it has won worldwide recognition, particularly for its achievements to help developing countries in capacity-building.

Madam Moderator,

China has placed innovation at the top of her development strategy. Let me highlight some key features of this strategy.

First, China has incorporated the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the 13th Five-Year Socio-economic Development Program and set the course of pursuing innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development.

Second, China has launched the campaign of “Mass Innovation and Entrepreneurship”, which entails a package of measures and policies to encourage creativity and entrepreneurship on an unprecedented scale.

Third, with the “Guideline for China’s Innovation-driven Development Strategy”, we are building a national system of technological and institutional innovation, to integrate science and technology into economic and social development, to convert research into development, and to foster new drivers of development.

Fourth, China has formulated the “Plan for National Innovation Demonstration Zones to Implement the 2030 Agenda”. In two to three years, we will set up 10 such zones as examples of sustainable development and contribute China’s experience to the international community for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

The theme of the World IP Day this year is “Innovation - Improving Lives”, with a particular focus on women as innovators and beneficiaries of innovation for socio-economic development. China champions women as inventors and their participation in major research and development projects. As a Chinese saying goes, “women hold up half the sky.” Chinese women are more and more at the cutting edge of the country’s innovation.

As indicated in “World Intellectual Property Indicators 2016”, from 2011 t0 2015, Chinese women rank second in the number of inventors and first in international patent applications. In civil engineering, mechanics and transport, 42.6% of China’s patent applications come from women, the highest among all countries.

It is most fitting here to mention an outstanding scientist, one of 30 million hardworking women in China’s science and technology community. She started her career at the Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine. For decades, she dived deep into traditional Chinese medical literature and word-of-mouth remedies, interviewed experienced herbal medicine practitioners, and collected over 2000 prescriptions, both ancient and modern. She finally discovered artemisinin, a medication that has saved millions of lives, and turned the tide in the war against malaria. Now you know her name is Tu Youyou, the 2015 Nobel laureate in medicine. Thanks to her discovery, in sub-Saharan Africa alone, nearly 140 million malaria cases were averted between 2001 and 2015, according to the "World Malaria Report 2015".

Madam Moderator,

Today’s world is one community. Our shared future hinges on innovation. China remains committed to innovation-driven sustainable growth and will continue to support women in innovation. China stands ready to work with other countries to implement the 2030 Agenda through innovation and cooperation in innovation.

Thank you!

(Photo by Li Muzi, Xinhua News Agency)

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