UN-MOFA High Level Symposium was held in Linzhi
30 May, 2016
The United Nations (UN) System and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) today jointly hosted a high-level symposium in Linzhi Municipality, Tibet Auto-nomous Region in P. R. China, to demonstrate the joint commitment to the2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Symposium, Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Through an Equitable, Open, All-round and Innovative Approach, was organized as one of the major kick-off events between the UN System in China and the Chinese government following the adop-tion of the SDGs by world leaders at the 70th UN General Assembly last September.
The 2030 Agenda is a people-centered, universal, transformative and integrated plan. It recog-nizes that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with fostering economic growth and addressing a range of social needs, while tackling climate change.
“China has demonstrated great leadership and made remarkable commitments to advance the 2030 Agenda. I am pleased that China has pledged to eradicate poverty in the country by 2020, increase south-south cooperation, and focus action to tackle climate change,” said Mr. Ban Ki Moon, the UN Secretary-General in a recorded video statement.
Chinese Foreign Minister Mr. Wang Yi, in a video message, expressed that: “China will follow the path of innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development. We will open up wider with more practical measures and a greater sense of responsibility to work with the rest of the world to advance the 2030 Agenda and continue to contribute to global sustainable de-velopment.”
While commending China’s valuable experiences in achieving the Millennium Development Goals and commitments to the SDGs, Mr. David Nabarro, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on the 2030 Agenda, also pointed out challenges ahead and called for “localizing goals and targets – maintaining their indivisibility but adapting them to national and sub-national cir-cumstances”. He stressed that “the women and men that will benefit from the SDGs need to be consulted and own development action”.
Mr. Luosang Jiangcun, Chairman of the Government of Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), rei-terated the commitment to integrating the green, open, sharing and harmonious development principles into local development. Stating that that Tibet has one of the most well-preserved ecological systems in the world, he said that the government would endeavor to set the TAR on the sustainable track of achieving further economic growth and social progress without com-promising the environment.
“Indeed development is the fundamental way out for tackling the various challenges and ad-dressing the root causes of conflicts.” Mr. Zhang Jun, Director-General of the Department of International Economic Affairs of Ministry of Foreign Affairs added. He said that we should usher in a new development stage with better quality, higher efficiency and upgraded structure.
The Symposium brought together over 100 high-level guests from the central and lo-cal governments of China, the UN and international organizations, think tanks, academia and civil society to brainstorm on how equitable, open, all-around and innovative approaches can be promoted in support of the SDGs.
It focused on how to achieve early harvest in implementing the 2030 Agenda and the means to realize it; how to integrate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda with domestic development strategies and among different SDGs; and how to provide impetus for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda through innovation in policy making, institutional set-up, technolo-gy, economic growth patterns, etc.
It comes at a critical period before the first UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable De-velopment in July, where China will be among the first countries volunteering to conduct national reviews on their implementation of the 2030 Agenda.