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Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong Attends Ministerial Days of UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

2016/07/21

From July 19 to 20, 2016, Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong attended at UN headquarters in New York the Ministerial Days of UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. Li Baodong delivered a statement during the general debate and gave a voluntary national review on China's implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Li Baodong expressed during the general debate that the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is not only a solemn commitment of leaders of all countries, but also an eager expectation of the general public. The international community should translate goals into results, take actions to carry out the guidelines, and elevate the cause of global development to a new height. Li Baodong noted that all countries in the world should firmly establish a sense of common destiny and create a sound international environment for the implementation of the sustainable development agenda. We should fully implement the people-oriented principle and encourage everyone to participate in sustainable development. We should make overall planning for the implementation and promote economic, social and environmental development in a coordinated way. We should deepen the global partnership for development and help other countries with their implementation process. We should support the UN to play a central role and improve the global framework for development and cooperation. Li Baodong pointed out that as the G20 presidency this year, China actively promotes the G20 to put development issues in a prominent position within the global macro-policy coordination framework, and pushes for the formulation of the G20 Action Plan on the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as the G20 Initiative on Supporting Industrialization of Africa and Least Developed Countries. It is believed that the G20 Hangzhou Summit is bound to make positive contributions to advancing the implementation of the agenda.

Li Baodong said in the voluntary national review that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development can relate to China's goals of building a well-off society in an all-round way and realizing the Chinese Dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, and China has taken a series of measures to implement the agenda. Li Baodong introduced the positive progress made by China in implementing the agenda from several aspects such as enhancing top-level design, strengthening strategy alignment, improving institutional guarantee, achieving early harvests, deepening international exchanges and promoting South-South cooperation. Li Baodong stressed that looking to the future, China will act under the guidance of the concepts of innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development, advance economic construction, political construction, cultural construction, social construction and the construction of ecological civilization in a coordinated manner, and accelerate the implementation of the sustainable development agenda. At the same time, China will continue to vigorously push forward the "Belt and Road" construction, constantly deepen South-South cooperation, and provide assistance to the best of its ability to other developing countries in implementing the sustainable development agenda. After the review, Li Baodong also communicated and interacted with other representatives present at the meeting.

The UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development plays a core role in assessing the progress of the global implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Ministerial days of the political forum are held annually, and this year nearly 70 countries sent ministerial delegations to attend the meeting. During this year's forum, national voluntary reviews on the implementation of the agenda were held for the first time with participation of 22 countries including China, France, Germany, the Republic of Korea and Egypt.

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