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Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong Attends and Addresses Launching Ceremony of China Center for International Knowledge on Development and China's Progress Report on Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

2017/08/21

On August 21, 2017, Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong attended and addressed the launching ceremony of China Center for International Knowledge on Development (CIKD) and China's Progress Report on Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Li Baodong expressed that President Xi Jinping attended the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015, during which he adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with leaders of various countries around the world and declared to establish the CIKD so as to research and exchange development theories and practices suitable to respective national conditions together with all countries. Releasing China's Progress Report on Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and launching the CIKD are the concrete embodiment of China’s transformation of its commitments into actions. President Xi Jinping and UN Secretary-General António Guterres sent special congratulatory letters, which greatly inspires us and provides important guidance for the work in the next phase. The Progress Report is a follow-up action of China’s National Plan on Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development announced and released by Premier Li Keqiang at the UN headquarters last year, reflecting China’s firm confidence and resolution in the sustainable development, providing all countries with useful reference in implementing the sustainable development and injecting impetus into international development and cooperation. It is expected that the international community to enhance solidarity and collaboration, forge extensive partnerships, give full play to the role of the UN as the core, and take coordinated and concerted actions, in a bid to jointly well implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The ceremony was co-hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Development Research Center of the State Council (DRC). DRC President Li Wei, Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Shouwen, Envoy of the UN Secretary-General on South-South Cooperation and Director of UN Office for South-South Cooperation Jorge Chediek, and UN Resident Coordinator in China Nicholas Rosellini attended and addressed the ceremony. Over 300 people from relevant departments of the State Council, the UN, foreign institutions of relevant countries and international organizations stationed in China, enterprises and all walks of life were present at the event. Speaking highly of China’s achievements in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its leading role in international development and cooperation, all parties expected China to make greater contribution to the cause of global development.

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