Xu Haoliang: Remarks at Global Governance Forum 2016

Nov 10, 2016

UN Assistant Secretary General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and RBAP Director

Your Excellency Mr. Zhang Ping, Vice President of the National People’s Congress

Mr. Qian Keming, Vice Minister of Commerce

Mr. Zhang Xiaoqiang, Vice Executive President, CICEE

Mr. Tegegnework Gettu, UNDP Associate Administrator

Mr. Nicholas Rosellini, new UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in China

Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.

Participants from China.

And I would also like to welcome UNDP resident representatives, resident coordinators and country directors and other senior officials  from other country office from South East Asia, Central Asia, South Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa.

It is my great pleasure to attend this event, and I would like to thank our good and close partner, the China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE) for their strong partnership to the organize this event. I would like to extend my warmest welcome to all participants and colleagues in this dialogue on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The Belt and Road Initiative has become a key initiative of China’s cooperation with other countries and the timing of this initiative is well-placed in the context of global and national processes.  The Government has recently approved the national strategy for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development where China has stressed its commitment for multilateral mechanisms to create synergy at national and international levels. We recently applauded the leading role that China played as the G20 President for the adoption of the G20 Action Plan for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Today, we recognized China’s commitment in advancing the Belt and Road Initiative in a way that will facilitate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in countries along the belt and route routes.

We believe partnering with various institutions and stakeholders at international and regional level will be crucial for the sustainable development of the Belt and Road countries, and UNDP cooperating on the initiative can provide the necessary support to formulate actions for its effective implementation. After the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Belt and Road Initiative with the Chinese government in September this year, UNDP already commenced some research and is working on an action plan to take the agenda to practical implementation.  

In our cooperation we will focus on key research and analysis to underpin policy coordination and communication around the Belt and Road. We will contribute to enhancing knowledge and information available, use innovation and technology to strengthen regional cooperation and good understanding of the objectives and benefits of this initiative.

We will also support practical pilot projects to realize development dividends of the Belt and Road Initiative and building capacities to respond to complex challenges.

The progress we have made and its further advancement rests upon a long-term collaboration between the Chinese government and UNDP and we are proud to take our partnership to a new level. This will give the tremendous opportunity to pave the way for implementing projects and strengthen partnerships across the various regions and countries – that are for the majority emerging and developing countries - and place the Belt and Road Initiative in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This framework will furthermore provide China, as one of the major emerging players in global governance, the chance to consolidate its reputation for inclusive and innovative leadership.

As we stand at the crossroads of such monumental challenges and opportunities, it is important to address the need for inclusive, fruitful dialogue among policymakers, academic experts, and development stakeholders from across sectors and different countries.

The SDGs are expected to guide the major development endeavors for the next two decades thus providing an opportunity to shape the Belt and Road Initiative with a fresh mindset and a comprehensive approach. We strongly believe that the Belt and Road Initiative has the potential of bringing multiple benefits to the development of participating countries and the alignment with the SDGs can guarantee its successful implementation on the long-term.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

In conclusion, building on UNDP’s successful experience under the Global Governance Initiative during the past four years, UNDP China will continue its efforts in this area to support national development aspirations with regional and global effects. Against this backdrop, today`s high-level Global Governance Forum attempts to provide a clear and comprehensive picture of the opportunities ahead and how to address the challenges. It does so by giving space for insightful and practice-oriented discussions, through the investigation of the sustainable implications of the Belt and Road Initiative with the aim of providing suggestions for future action.

With the immense experience and expertise assembled here today, I am confident that the Forum will facilitate a very constructive exchange to which I’m looking forward to.

Thank you very much for your attention.

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