UN development system reform should focus on development, says Chinese envoy

Updated 2018-03-02 17:11:04 Xinhua

A Chinese envoy said Thursday that the reform of the United Nations (UN) development system should be centered on development.

"China supports the UN reform of its development system to enhance capacity for implementing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda," said Wu Haitao, China's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, at the General Debate of the 2018 ECOSOC Operational Activities for Development Segment.

He added that the reform "should be centered on development with poverty eradication as its priority task to help developing countries enhance their development capacity and put development into the global macro policy coordination framework."

Wu said that the reform "should be led by member states to ensure that the reform will effectively take care of the concerns of developing countries."

"The reform should be oriented towards and focused on aligning itself with 2030 Agenda, Addis Ababa Action Agenda and major General Assembly resolutions," he added.

Wu also said that the reform should follow the purposes of the UN Charter and the principles of sovereign equality, non-interference in internal affairs, and strengthened international cooperation, and respect the development model and path a country chooses according to its own conditions.

"It should stick to the principle of 'common but differentiated responsibilities,'" he said, adding that North-South cooperation is the main channel, and South-South cooperation and tripartite cooperation are good complements but not substitutes.

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