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China committed to global development

By MINLU ZHANG at the United Nations | China Daily Global | Updated: 2022-07-15 10:31
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A Chinese official said China will promote a stronger, greener, and healthier global development with the international community.

"We must stay committed to development," Minister of Ecology and Environment Huang Runqiu said Thursday. "The people's dream for a better life and social stability can only be realized through continuous development."

Huang gave his remarks at a ministerial roundtable of the ongoing High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

"We must focus on development, implement the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and pursue development in real earnest," Huang said.

He said China will implement a new philosophy, coordinate COVID-19 pandemic prevention, ensure steady growth, take coordinated moves, promote structural adjustment, and carry out reform to achieve continuous economic and social development.

Huang emphasized the importance of promoting green and low-carbon transition.

The world is currently undergoing food and energy security crises, according to Huang. "We need to be determined, not to waver or even to reverse the course of green transition. China will remain firm in advancing its efforts to meet carbon neutrality goals," Huang said.

China will act based on the principle of establishing the new before abolishing the old, and its fundamental realities of coal-based energy structure, to make more efforts on the clean and efficient use of coal. China also aims to boost the capacity of power grids to absorb electricity generated from renewable energy sources, and to promote optimized combination of coal and new energy, thus, to secure a low-carbon and safe development, Huang said.

"We must cooperate, build a global development partnership, and leave no country or person behind," Huang said.

China will uphold the concept of a community with a shared future for mankind, promote global sustainable development, and provide more public goods for the world, Huang said.

Huang, president of Fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 15), said China is making every effort to organize the second part of the COP15, "hoping all parties will work together towards the same direction."

In 2021, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the Global Development Initiative, "aiming at injecting new momentum" for the 2030 Agenda and building a global community of development, Huang said.

"So far, the initiative has been well received by more than 100 UN member states and international organizations," Huang said. "Together with the international community, China will promote the implementation of the initiative to realize a stronger global development."

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