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【People’s Daily Online】What role could China play in global sustainable development?

Tuesday,Jun 19, 2018

After two-year implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, China’s influence in worldwide sustainability has been greatly recognized through the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and South-South cooperation, a UN resident coordinator noted at a seminar in Beijing on Thursday.

“The 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) are a blueprint for global development that is human-centered, green, balanced, collaborative and inclusive, which means the social-economic and environmental sustainability are equally important, and wealthy should be fairly distributed to benefit everyone,” said Nicholas Rosellini, the UN resident coordinator, who is also the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Resident Representative at the seminar held by the Center of China and Globalization (CCG) on June 14.

Therefore, the stronger integration across sectors and stakeholders is desired to address the root cause of intractable poverty issues, as it could maximize all efforts and possible resources. For example, the South-South cooperation, an indispensable drivers of global integration, has been greatly strengthen with China’s support. A total of $60 billion aid was provided by Chinese government over the past four decades, with an approximately 10% growth since 2003, said Rosellini, adding that there are also inevitable difficulties in stimulating global sustainable development.

He suggested the mix-and-match approach to deliver more positive impact, which referring to bringing China’s sci-tech development experience and customizing them depend on local environment.


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