Helen Clark: Speech at the 2015 Global Poverty Reduction and Development Forum

Oct 16, 2015

Your Excellency, Mr. Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China,

Heads of State and Governments,

Honorable State Ministers, Senior Officials,

Distinguished guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I thank the Government of China for the opportunity to address this important Forum on Global Poverty Reduction and Development.

Before I give my remarks, I would like to invite you to watch a short video message from the UN Secretary-General who sends his best wishes for a successful forum.

2015 is an historic year for global development.

Building on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda commits to the eradication of poverty in all its forms and dimensions by 2030. Agenda 2030 recognizes the interconnections between economic, social, and environmental policy.

I commend China for the major commitments it has made to achieving the SDGs globally, including pledging US$1 billion for the China-UN Peace and Development Fund; US$2 billion for the South-South Co-operation Aid Fund and US$3.2 billion for the South-South Climate Co-operation Fund, amongst others, as announced by President Xi Jinping in September this year at the United Nations.

China’s commitment to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the “Belt and Road” initiative, and the New Development Bank of the BRICS, and to platforms such as the G20 and the Forum of China-Africa Co-operation also make it a major contributor to development co-operation.

Now the hard work on implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals must begin. 

Each country will want to consider how to mainstream the goals and targets into its national development agenda. China has the opportunity to do that in its five-year plan for 2016 to 2020. China has had enormous success with poverty eradication, and its experience is of great interest globally.

Progress on poverty eradication and all other SDGs should be measured. Good data is vital for that. China already collects wide-ranging data, including at the household level, to inform poverty reduction strategies, and at the industry level to support economic and environmental management. 

Global solidarity will be vital, through both traditional North-South co-operation and through South-South and Triangular Co-operation. UN Member States can count on the support of UNDP and the whole UN development system in support of their national efforts. 

UNDP has been a close development partner of China for more than three decades. In recent years, pursuant to the China-UNDP Strategic Partnership, we have collaborated on South-South and Triangular Co-operation, and we look forward to increasing our joint efforts in support of the SDGs. 

Please count on the full support of UNDP and all UN development organizations to this end. 


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