Helen Clark: Statement at ‘High-Level Roundtable on the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – Global Process and China’s Practice’ hosted by the Government of the People’s Republic of China

Sep 19, 2016

Businesses can demonstrate their commitment to sustainable development in the ways they operate and the investments they make. Photo credit: UNDP

H.E. Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China,

Secretary General,
Colleagues from UN agencies, World Bank and IMF,

UNDP thanks China for hosting this important High-Level Round Table, and for its commitment to implementation of the 2030 Agenda in China and globally.

During China’s G20 Presidency this year, development was placed at the core of the G20 agenda, including through the adoption of the Action Plan to ensure that the G20’s work is aligned with the 2030 Agenda. UNDP was pleased to work closely with China and other G20 members to elaborate this Action Plan. 

UNDP looks forward to continuing to work with China at national request to support the fast progress which China wants to make on the SDGs. Already China is showing its determination to lead on implementation by being among those countries which took part in the first national voluntary reviews at this year’s High Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development.

Expanded partnerships for SDG implementation will be crucial for all countries, including by fully engaging the private sector. Businesses can demonstrate their commitment to sustainable development in the ways they operate and the investments they make.

As well, new funders, including the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the BRICS’ New Development Bank will become very important partners for financing sustainable development.

China’s Belt and Road Initiative has a vision for shared prosperity and economic co-operation among countries along the major economic corridors which link China to the world.  UNDP looks forward to working with China to ensure that this important initiative is also a vehicle for driving Agenda 2030.

In this spirit the Government of China and UNDP have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding today, setting out our joint commitment to sustainable transformation along the Belt and Road.

UNDP has been a close development partner of China for more than three and a half decades. We look forward to stepping up our joint efforts in support of China’s national development priorities and of the 2030 Agenda.

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