Helen Clark: Statement at the Signing of the MoU between UNDP and the Government of the People’s Republic of China on the Belt and Road Initiative and the implementation of the SDGsSep 19, 2016
UNDP is very pleased to be signing this Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China today on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
The Initiative provides a powerful platform for regional co-operation, and can thereby serve as an important catalyst for and accelerator of the Sustainable Development Goals.
UNDP has been working with the Government of China to explore innovative ways of advancing the objectives of the Belt and Road Initiative and Agenda 2030 together. We are therefore pleased to be signing this MOU which provides a framework through which our collaboration in support of the Initiative will take place.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank in particular the National Development Reform Commission for their support in preparing this important Memorandum of Understanding and also for the very close partnership we have enjoyed for many years.
We look forward to working with China to mobilize and facilitate co-ordination among all stakeholders in the Initiative to create an environment which will promote poverty eradication, inclusive social development, and environmental sustainability.
UNDP has been a close development partner of China for more than three decades. In that time, we have witnessed China’s historic transformation and the significant role it plays in global development. We look forward to strengthening our co-operation further through our support for the Belt and Road Initiative.
In this spirit, UNDP is very pleased to sign the MoU with the Government of China today, signifying our joint commitment to regional and sustainable development through the Initiative.