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Wang Yi Makes a Presentation on China's Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

From July 13 to 15, 2021, the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (UN) held the Voluntary National Reviews at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. On July 14, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended and presented China's implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development via video link.

Wang Yi said, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China. Under the strong leadership of President Xi Jinping, we have adhered to the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics, completed the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects on its land, and are now marching toward the second centenary goal of building a great modern socialist country in all respects.

Wang Yi said, China follows a new development philosophy featuring innovative, coordinated, green, and open development for all. It is highly consistent with the 2030 Agenda's five critical dimensions of people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership. It is an effort to contribute China's wisdom and Chinese solution to the cause of global development. Our main development efforts and achievements are as follows:

First, we always take development as our first priority. China always focuses on seeking development, and has become the only country that has moved from the low human development category to the high human development category and the only major economy registering positive growth during the pandemic, making a significant contribution to global economic recovery.

Second, we adopt a people-centered philosophy. China eliminated absolute poverty for the first time in history, launched an effective response to COVID-19, and established the world's largest social security network and compulsory education system. Hundreds of millions of people are joining the middle income group. People's sense of happiness, fulfillment and satisfaction keeps increasing.

Third, we always put into practice our belief in the harmony between man and Nature. China is committed to fostering a community of life for man and Nature, and always puts its words into actions. We have coordinated the management of mountains, rivers, forests, farmlands, lakes, grasslands and deserts, actively implemented the Paris Agreement, improved the industrial structure and energy mix, and embarked on a path of green, low-carbon and circular development.

Fourth, we embrace the trend of openness and win-win cooperation of our times. Riding the tide in the ocean of world economy, China has made the biggest contribution to global growth for 15 consecutive years. China has been building the Belt and Road with 140 partner countries and established the largest cooperation platform in the world. Despite the pandemic, the China-Europe Railway Express is still in active service. The development of green Silk Road and digital Silk Road is gaining momentum, injecting fresh and powerful impetus for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Fifth, we pursue common development with all countries. China has always forged ahead with other developing countries by helping and supporting each other. China is committed to deepening South-South cooperation. In the face of COVID-19, China has carried out the largest global humanitarian operation since the founding of the People's Republic of China, honoring our pledge to make Chinese vaccines a global public good and making an important contribution to global vaccination.

Wang Yi said, countries around the world are under the severe impact of the pandemic, and the international development cause faces unprecedented challenges. At this critical juncture, we must join hands, act with a stronger sense of responsibility, and take more concrete steps to inject fresh momentum into the global development process.

We need to prioritize development, and be the practitioner of the Sustainable Development Goals. We need to put our people front and center, and take development as the fundamental way to respond to the pandemic and humanitarian crises. We need to give full play to the UN's coordinating role, and put development high on the global macro policy agenda. We need to align the 2030 Agenda with our national development strategies to achieve higher-quality and more sustainable development. We welcome all parties to join the Initiative on Partnership for Africa's Development jointly launched by China and African countries.

We need to respect each other's development paths, and be the defender of a fair and just international order. No country has the right to interfere in other countries' development paths. We need to embrace the vision of mankind living in a community with a shared future, uphold the common values of humanity of peace, development, equity, justice, democracy and freedom, and pursue joint progress in the spirit of mutual respect and mutual learning. We need to practice true multilateralism, safeguard the international system centered on the UN and the international order based on international law, and seek common prosperity through equal-footed and mutually beneficial cooperation.

We need to foster a development environment of inclusiveness and coordination and be the builder of an open world economy. We need to rise above small exclusive clubs, let our economies flow uninterrupted like waters in a river, and make sure the benefits of development reach people in all countries. We need to stay connected, safeguard the multilateral trading system with the WTO as its cornerstone, and keep global industrial and supply chains stable and unimpeded. China is ready to promote the high-quality development of the Belt and Road with all parties, advance economic integration, interconnected development and shared benefits across the world, and forge a powerful synergy between the Belt and Road Initiative and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

We need to highlight innovation-driven growth and be a pioneer in high-quality development. We should embrace the trend of innovation, and look for new growth drivers and pathways to development. We should pursue green and low-carbon development to give a strong pillar for post-COVID economic recovery. We need to strike a proper balance between fairness and efficiency, between capital and labor, and between technology and employment, so as to avoid new development divide.

We need to jointly tackle global challenges, and be a contributor to a bright future for humanity. We need to further deepen international cooperation on pandemic response, increase vaccine accessibility and affordability, and oppose vaccine nationalism. We need to respect Nature, follow its laws and protect it. We need to uphold the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, and fully implement the Paris Agreement. We need to deepen cooperation on food security and help developing countries overcome their food challenge. China will fully support a successful UN Food Systems Summit, which will be a solid step toward the goal of zero hunger.

Wang Yi said, pursuing sustainable development is an endless process. China is ready to work with all parties to deepen the global development partnership, open up new prospects in international development cooperation, and build a community with a shared future for mankind.

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