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Statement by Mr. LIU Zhiyong, Chinese Delegate, at the 62nd Session of the UN General Assembly, on Agenda Item 54 "Sustainable Development"
29 October 2007

2007/10/29

 

Madam Chair,

First of all, I wish to thank the Secretary General for the relevant reports he submitted on sustainable development. The Chinese delegation associates itself with the statement made by the representative of Pakistan on behalf of Group of 77 and China. I would like to make the following statement on agenda items 54 (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (g) and (i).

Agenda Item 54 (a): Implementation of Agenda 21, the Program for the further Implementation of Agenda 21 and the outcomes of the World Summit on Sustainable Development

Madam Chair,

It remains a significant and pressing task for all countries of the world to achieve sustainable development. Since the UN Conference on Environment and Development and the World Summit on Sustainable Development, member states have made great strides in the coordinated economic development that takes into account factors like population, resources and environment. Meanwhile, the trend of global environmental degradation is yet to be reversed and the lack of funding, technology and capacity on the part of the majority of developing countries remains the weakest link in global sustainable development. A change of this situation requires not only the efforts of the developing countries themselves but also the vigorous reinforcement of international cooperation.

At the national level, governments should formulate sustainable development strategies in accordance with their own situations and use integrated means encompassing economic, legislative and administrative measures to fully implement those strategies. Social forces should be mobilized to establish broad partnerships in a sustained pursuit for sustainable development.

At the international level, the international community, the developed countries in particular, should fulfill their commitments in financing and technology as soon as possible, provide the developing countries with new and additional assistance funds, and transfer environment-friendly technologies on preferential terms so as to enhance the capacity of the developing countries to achieve sustainable development. It is also necessary to establish mechanisms to monitor and enhance efforts in this regard.

At the United Nations, the role of the Commission on Sustainable Development as the only organ within the UN system mandated to carry out integrated deliberation on economic, social and environmental issues should be enhanced to provide better policy guidance and more effective program coordination for sustainable development.

The Chinese government attaches great importance to sustainable development and has put forward specific goals and measures in its "Eleventh Five-Year