|Statement by Ms. YAN Jiarong, Chinese Delegate, at the Fourth Committee of the 62nd Session of UN General Assembly on the Agenda Item: "Questions Relating to Information"|
|18 October 2007|
The Chinese delegation wishes to express our thanks to Under-Secretary-General Kiyotaka Akasaka for his introduction to the agenda item. We welcome his interactive dialogue with Member States. We applaud the achievements made by the Department of Public Information (DPI) under his able leadership.
In the just concluded general debate of the 62nd session of the General Assembly, nearly 100 heads of state or government spoke at the UN podium. This is the biggest gathering of world leaders at the GA sessions since the Millennium Summit in 2000 and the World Summit in 2005. This in a sense also demonstrates that as the most universal, representative and authoritative intergovernmental organization, the United Nations is receiving more and more attention and support. Its status as the core of the global multilateral mechanism is strengthening and the norms of international relations that it advocates, namely, peace, mutual benefit and cooperation, are gaining greater popular support.
The public information activities of the United Nations are aimed at publicizing the UN activities to the peoples of the entire world, and contributing to the purposes and objectives of the Charter of the United Nations. This is a process of mobilizing the public opinion and enlisting popular support. It also constitutes an