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As the UN begins to pay more attention to developing countries, China - the world's largest developing country - has called for a bigger say for them in international organizations, and achieving mutual development through cooperation.
Speaking to the Fifth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, held in July in Beijing, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the importance of continuous South-South cooperation, adding that strong ties between developing countries are essential for global economic growth.
"North-South cooperation commitments must be met to advance development. South-South cooperation is an increasingly important part of this," Ban said.
The UN chief emphasized that South-South cooperation is especially important given the current economic climate, as the global economic slowdown and the European sovereign-debt crisis adversely affect traditional donor support in many countries.
While meeting with Vice-President Xi Jinping ahead of the conference, Ban spoke highly of China's efforts in helping African countries and promoting global sustainable development.
As a permanent member of the UN Security Council and the largest developing country, China has also been actively supporting the development of the least-developed countries, or LDCs.
Speaking at a high-level meeting dedicated to LDCs on the sidelines of the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, held in Brazil in June, Premier Wen Jiabao noted that supporting LDCs has been a long-term policy for China, and China will continue to help those nations in their economic and social development as well as their sustainable growth.
China has also, on many occasions, called for more representation for developing countries within the UN Security Council.
Since the late 1990s, there have been many calls for reform of the UN. Reform of the UN Security Council encompasses issues that include regional representation and a possible larger council.
Wang Min, Chinese deputy permanent representative to the UN, told a General Assembly plenary meeting on the reform of the Security Council in November 2011 that the Security Council reform should "give priority to increasing the representation of developing countries, those in Africa in particular".
"The reform should offer more opportunities to more countries, particularly small- and medium-sized countries, to serve in the Security Council on a rotating basis to participate in its decision-making process," Wang added.
Hong Pingfan, chief of global economic monitoring in the UN's Department of Economic and Social Affairs, was quoted by Xinhua News Agency as saying: "As a developing country itself, China has been playing a big role in stabilizing world economy and helping the poor developing countries."
(China Daily 08/08/2012 page23)