UNDP and MOFA jointly host Workshop on Post-2015 Process

03 Jun 2014

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On June 3rd UNDP hosted a workshop on the post-2015 process at Crowne Plaza in cooperation with China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The workshop sought to discuss the current status of the MDGs, as well as the agenda-setting process for the new agenda that is being developed through various procedures. In addition, topics of the new agenda were discussed with an emphasis on the role that China can take in the ongoing process.

The workshop was opened by Vice Foreign Minister Mr. Li Baodong, UN ESCAP Executive Secretary Dr. Shamshad Akhtar and UNDP Resident Representative Mr. Alain Noudehou. In their opening remarks both Mr. Noudehou and Mr. Li emphasized the importance of the cooperation between UNDP China and the MOFA. Mr. Li emphasized China’s continuous efforts in achieving the MDGs and improving living conditions of Chinese people, which will continue to be a priority in the future, as well as the importance of Chinese government attached to the post-2015 process. Mr. Noudehou took the opportunity to express that “a successor framework would have to carry forward the spirit of the MDGs with an ambition to surpass the achievements made under these goals.” Dr. Akhtar emphasized that a new framework will need to tackle the roots of development issues, rather than concentrate on the symptoms.

The workshop hosted participants from all UN country teams in Beijing, regional experts from Africa, Latina America and the Caribbean, and the Asia-Pacific region, as well as experts from the UN Headquarters in New York. China’s ministries were also strongly represented at the workshop with some twenty line ministries attending and participating in the discussions. Further international representatives attended from different missions, such as the EU, UK, Ehtiopia, South Africa and Brazil.