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Statement by Wang Qi, Adviser of the Chinese Delegation at the 60th Session of the UNGA on Item 59: Towards Global Partnerships
2005/11/16

2005/11/16


Mr. Chairman,

The Chinese delegation would like to thank the Secretary-General for his report, which provides us with a comprehensive picture of the cooperation between the UN and its relevant partners in various fields over the past two years. My delegation associates itself with the statement made by the representative of Jamaica on behalf of the Group of 77 and China.

Mr. Chairman,

There is an ancient saying in Chinese that one tree is not enough to build a temple. In today's world with ever deepening globalization and increasing interdependence among countries, the enormous task of realizing the MDGs cannot be accomplished without the exchanges and cooperation among countries and the mutual support among development partners. In the part on development of the Outcome Document of this year's Summit, "global partnerships for development" was put at the top, thus demonstrating the importance attached to global partnerships by the international community and its commitment to the establishment of global partnerships for development. The international community should, on the basis of the consensus reached in the Outcome Document, explore effective mechanisms, further expand and substantiate partnerships and improve various partnership modalities. The Chinese delegation would like to stress the following points in this connection:

1. It is necessary to fully tap the potentials of partnerships and energetically push for their further development. According to information, of more than 200 partnership initiatives registered at the WSSD, only a very small number were funded by the private sector. This shows that partnerships need to be further deepened and expanded. Global partnerships should find expression among countries, regions, civil societies and private enterprises. As a complex, formidable and all-involving project, the realization of the MDGs requires the mobilization to the greatest extent the extensive and in-depth participation of all stakeholders, including governments, civil society and businesses. It is necessary for all involved to make active efforts, take initiative, bring into full play their respective potentials and advantages and mobilize resources, financial and otherwise, in an mutually complementary and reinforcing endeavor to strive for the realization of the MDGs.

2. What matters in partnerships is effect instead of form. "There is no uniform modality for successful partnerships". Different and flexible forms of partnerships should be adopted in light of the field and level of cooperation. The aim should be contributing to the realization of the goals of the United Nations in the field of development. This requires all involved to take a practical approach in exploring concrete effective modalities with a view to maximizing the effect of partnerships. The measure for the value of a partnership must be its concrete result.

3. Partnerships should be managed in order to ensure quality. At present, there is a plethora of diverse partnership initiatives but no common benchmarks and criteria. In order to guarantee the quality of partnerships, the international community needs to provide guidance and regulation. Hence the importance of "the strong management of partnerships" referred to in the Secretary-General's report, which merits careful study. We are in favor of what was said in the report that "all partnerships should establish clear benchmarks and time-bound targets against which they can be evaluated".

Mr. Chairman,

China attaches importance to the role of partnerships in the field of development and takes a positive view of partnerships. At the international level, the Chinese government actively carries out bilateral and multilateral cooperation with countries and international organizations. At the national level, China pays great attention to the participation of the whole population in fields like poverty reduction and environmental protection. For this year's "International Day of Poverty Eradication", China chose the theme of "mobilizing the whole society in poverty reduction" with a view to engaging to a greater degree all sectors of the society in the cause of poverty reduction. China will continue to be open-minded in working with all concerned to actively explore and develop diverse and pragmatic partnerships within the framework of the consensus reached by relevant international conferences, so as to instill vigor and vitality into international development cooperation and take it to a new level.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

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