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Chinese FM, Wang Yi chairs UN conference on poverty eradication, advocates global unity post Covid-19

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The Chinese Foreign Minister, Mr. Wang Yi has called on the world countries to work closer towards eradicating poverty in its entirety.

His call was contained in his address to the UN, UNDESA conference of September 26 targeted at global poverty eradication and the need for the world to aggregate efforts to revive economies and livelihood post Covid-19.

The conference was chaired by Wang and other world leaders at the national and intergovernmental levels.

At the dieo conference in line with the post Covid-19 new world order already in place, Wang reiterated the need for convergence rather than divergence and for multilateralism instead of individual efforts that aim at indidividual country interests as  means of healing the world again.

Under the overarching theme of “Towards A Shared Future for Developing Countries: Promoting Poverty Eradication and Sustainable Development through Deepened South-South Cooperation”, the high-level attendees held in-depth discussions and reached broad consensus on the importance of strengthened solidarity and deepened South-South cooperation in fighting COVID-19 and meeting shared economic and social challenges facing developing countries to achieve the sustainable development goals under the 2030 Agenda.

The meeting expressed concern over the negative impact of COVID-19 on human well-being and global socio-economic development and stressed the need for all countries to remain united, put development first and act jointly. The meeting called upon the international community to renew commitment to multilateralism, uphold the kernel role of the 2030 Agenda in international development cooperation, prioritize poverty eradication in all its forms, provide more help to developing countries, African countries, the least developed countries, landlocked developing countries, small island developing states in particular, in overcoming the pandemic and implementing the 2030 agenda, and render more support for deepened South-South cooperation in the new era.

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi, proud that FOCAC now defines pace on how the world relates with Africa Photo by Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images)

The meeting called for reinvigorated international development partnership, welcoming the Belt and Road Initiative and other regional and international cooperation initiatives which contribute to the implementation of 2030 Agenda. The meeting also called for a more open and inclusive development environment for developing countries, stressing the crucial importance, especially in face of the pandemic, of keeping the markets open and resolving disruptions to the global supply chains. The high-level attendees emphasized the need to broaden and strengthen the voice and participation of developing countries in international economic governance, and allow developing countries greater participation in global value chains.

The meeting reiterated that South-South cooperation is a complement to, rather than a substitute for, North-South cooperation and urged developed countries to honor their unmet ODA commitments and scale up efforts to play a meaningful role in eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions. The high-level attendees expressed willingness to deepen South-South cooperation, both in such traditional fields and new domains including digital economy to accelerate economic structural transformation and upgrading, support the collective rise of the developing world and forge a community with shared future of the South.

The meeting stressed the importance of supporting the leading role of the United Nations in coordinating global implementation of the 2030 Agenda and acknowledged the indispensable role of the G77 and China in promoting and advancing South-South cooperation for the shared interests of the developing world. The high-level attendees encouraged the United Nations funds, programs, specialized agencies, UN regional commissions, including UN country teams to continue their good effort to mobilize more resources and provide more policy and technical support to developing countries.

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