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Statement by Dr. Liu Yuyin, the Chinese Delegate, on Agenda Item 49:"Sustainable Development" at the Second Committee of the 63rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly



(27 October 2008, New York)

Madam Chair,

At the outset, the Chinese delegation would like to thank the Secretary-General for his reports under the Agenda Item 49: sustainable development. The Chinese delegation associates itself with the statement made by the representative of Antigua and Barbuda on behalf of the Group of 77 and China.

Item 49 (a): Implementation of Agenda 21, the Programme for the Further Implementation of Agenda 21 and the outcomes of the World Summit on Sustainable Development

Madam Chair,

In recent years, the international community and governments have done a lot of work in implementing Agenda 21 and have taken major steps in promoting the coordination between economic development and development in the fields of population, resources, and environment. However, the recent turbulences in the international financial markets, the energy and food crises, and climate change have become major threats to world economic growth and posed new challenges to sustainable development.

The international community must strengthen policy coordination, ensure food and energy security, and maintain a sustained, stable, and healthy growth of the world economy, so as to lay an economic foundation for sustainable development. We must continue to adhere to a holistic and balanced approach to development, promote coordinated economic and social advancement, ensure harmony between man and nature, and effectively address the questions of funding, technology, and other means of implementation. The developed countries, in particular, must take concrete actions to provide new and additional financial assistance, reduce and cancel debt, curb trade protectionism, open market and transfer technology to the developing countries. The United Nations should continue to play a leading role in sustainable development and promote the implementation of Agenda 21 and the outcomes of the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

Item 49 (b): Follow-up to and implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation of the Program of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States

The development of SIDS is an important link in the global sustainable development. Due to historical and geographical reasons, they encounter special difficulties in achieving sustainable development. The international community should keep this firmly in mind, fully understand and pay attention to the special concerns of these countries and, in the light of their characteristics