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Peace, Development and Cooperation Must be Moved Forward Instead of Backward


Remarks by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi At the Opening Plenary Meeting of the United Nations Special Event To Follow up the Efforts Made to Advance The Millennium Development Goals


Mr. President,

Dear Colleagues,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It gives me great pleasure to attend today’s meeting. We now stand at a crucial stage of global development where, as we review the experience and lessons of implementing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the past 13 years, we also need to accelerate the fulfillment of relevant goals, and formulate a roadmap for the post-2015 development agenda. The Chinese delegation will work with all of you to make this meeting successful.

Thirteen years ago, at the turn of the century, the Millennium Declaration was adopted by our heads of state. This is a path-breaking initiative of the human society and the United Nations. It demonstrated the authority of the UN and the power of international cooperation, and has brought hope to the poor and the disadvantaged.

Over the past 13 years, the international community, by pooling development resources and strengths, has made good progress on meeting the MDGs. The targets for poverty reduction and safe drinking water were achieved ahead of schedule. Malaria fatality was brought down by over 25%. Improvements were also made on the indicators of sanitation, health and education to varying degrees. Hundreds of millions of people have become much better-off.

Nevertheless, we must not forget that in our world today one out of every eight people still live in hunger, over 57 million children are denied schooling, and more than 800 women die every day during childbirth. Such a grim situation forbids any slackness in our efforts. We still face a long and uphill journey before we can achieve “a life of dignity for all”, as called for by the Secretary-General in his report.

Collective wisdom and action has been crucial in setting and meeting the MDGs. As we step up implementation of the established goals and formulate the roadmap of the post-2015 development agenda, we need to fully heed the views of developing countries' who constitute the mainstay in pursuing development, and draw upon the report of the UN High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The Chinese delegation has circulated a position paper on the development agenda. Here, I wish to