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Statement by Ambassador Ma Zhaoxu at the General Debate of the 2019 ECOSOC Operational Activities for Development Segment

2019/05/22

Madam Chair,

China supports the statement by the State of Palestine on behalf of the G77 and China.

Thanks to the joint efforts of all parties, UNDS repositioning has yielded some results. However, it remains an uphill battle. China supports reasonable and necessary reforms of UNDS. To make progress in the reform, we must do a good job in the following areas.

First, strictly implementing the mandates of the GA resolutions, persevering in efforts centered around development, prioritizing poverty eradication so as to help developing countries enhance their capacity for development.

Second, stressing on member states’ leadership and accountability. In the composition of the country teams and the formulation of the UN Development Cooperation Framework, the views of program countries should be fully heeded, and their development strategies and needs served.

Third, adhering to the principle of “common but differentiated responsibilities” to solve the problems of insufficient resources for development and unbalanced resource structure.

Fourth, effectively improving the representation of developing countries in the UNDS, in particular in the RC system and the DCO. No unreasonable conditions and obstacles should be set for candidates from developing countries competing for relevant posts.

Fifth, fully leveraging the leading role of the ESCAP and other regional economic commissions at the regional level. The role of regional economic commissions can only be strengthened, rather than weakened. The review of multi-country offices should be in line with the mandate of the GA resolutions and avoid giving rise to unreasonable financial burdens.

Madam Chair,

The international community should create more favorable external environment and conditions for the development of all countries, developing countries in particular. We must adhere to cooperation for win-win results, uphold multilateralism, safeguard the multilateral trading system and its rules, oppose unilateralism and protectionism, and oppose trade bullying.

Not long ago, the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation was successfully held in Beijing. China stands ready to work with the broad membership and the UN agencies to enhance the alignment of the Belt and Road Initiative with the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, with a view to achieving common development for all.

Thank you, Madam Chair.

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