Xi hosts High-level Dialogue on Global Development
2022-06-25 13:27

Chinese President Xi Jinping hosted the High-level Dialogue on Global Development on Friday in virtual format. Algerian President Teben, Argentine President, Egyptian President, Indonesian President, Iranian President, Kazakh President, Russian President, Senegalese President, South African President, Uzbek President, Brazilian Vice President, Cambodian Prime Minister, Ethiopian Prime Minister, Fijian Prime Minister, Indian Prime Minister, Malaysian Prime Minister and Thai Prime Minister attended the meeting. Focusing on the theme of "Building a Global Partnership for Development in a New Era and Working Together to Implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development", leaders of various countries exchanged in-depth views on major issues such as strengthening international development cooperation and accelerating the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, discussed development cooperation plans and reached broad and important consensus.


The Golden Hall of the Great Hall of the People is brightly lit, and the national flags of 18 participating countries are shining brightly.


At 8 o'clock in the evening, Xi announced the start of the dialogue. Leaders of participating countries watched video clips together to relive the important moments of cooperation between emerging market countries and developing countries in recent years. When the "cloud photo" of the leaders of the 18 countries appeared on the big screen, warm applause sounded at the scene.


Xi delivered an important speech entitled "Building High-quality Partnership and Creating a New Era of Global Development".


Xi pointed out that development is the eternal theme of human society. Only by continuous development can people's dreams of well-being and social peace be realized. For a long time, developing countries have made unremitting efforts to explore a development path in line with their own national conditions and achieve economic and social development, and achieved remarkable results. Emerging market countries and developing countries account for half of the world's economies, and have made great progress in the fields of science and technology, education, society and culture. At present, the novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic has swallowed up the global development achievements for many years, the implementation process of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has been blocked, the gap between the North and the South has continued to widen, and food and energy security has been in crisis. At the same time, people of all countries have a stronger desire for peace, development and cooperation, emerging market countries and developing countries have a firmer will to unite and strive for self-improvement, and the new round of scientific and technological revolution and industrial transformation has brought broader opportunities to all countries.


Xi emphasized that this is an era full of challenges and hopes. We should clearly understand the general trend of world development, strengthen our confidence, take action, twist into a rope, and work hard to promote global development, so as to create a development pattern of balanced benefit, coordination and inclusiveness, win-win cooperation and common prosperity.


First, we should work together to build an international consensus on promoting development. Only when people of all countries live a good life can prosperity last, security be guaranteed and human rights have a foundation. It is necessary to put development at the center of the international agenda, implement the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2030, and build a political consensus that everyone attaches importance to development and all countries seek common cooperation.


Second, we should work together to create an international environment conducive to development. Protectionism is self-imposed, and engaging in "small circles" will only isolate itself. Extreme sanctions will harm others and harm themselves, and decoupling and cutting off supply will not work or go far. We should sincerely seek development, make concerted efforts to promote development, build an open world economy, and build a more just and rational global governance system and institutional environment.


Third, we should jointly cultivate new kinetic energy for global development. It is necessary to promote scientific and technological and institutional innovation, accelerate technology transfer and knowledge sharing, promote the development of modern industries, bridge the digital divide, accelerate low-carbon transformation, and promote stronger, green and healthy global development.


Fourth, we should work together to build a global partnership for development. Cooperation can accomplish great things, good things and long-term things. Developed countries should fulfill their obligations, developing countries should deepen cooperation, and the North and the South should move in the opposite direction to build a global development partnership of unity, equality, balance and inclusiveness, so as not to let any country or person fall behind. We should support the United Nations in playing an overall and coordinating role in global development cooperation, and encourage the business community, social organizations and media think tanks to participate in global development cooperation.


Xi emphasized that China has always been a member of the big family of developing countries. China will take practical measures and continue to support the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


China will increase its investment in resources for global development cooperation, integrate and upgrade the South-South Cooperation Assistance Fund into a "Global Development and South-South Cooperation Fund", increase its investment in the China-United Nations Peace and Development Fund, and support global development initiative cooperation.


China will work with all parties to promote cooperation in key areas, mobilize development resources, deepen global cooperation in poverty reduction and poverty alleviation, enhance food production and supply capacity, and promote clean energy partnership; Strengthen innovative research and development and joint production of vaccines; Promote the protection and sustainable utilization of terrestrial and marine ecology; Improve the digital literacy and skills of the whole people, accelerate the transformation and upgrading of industrialization, promote interconnection in the digital age, and inject new impetus into the development of all countries.


China will build an international development knowledge and experience exchange platform, set up a global development promotion center, establish a global development knowledge network, and carry out exchanges of experience in governing the country; Hold the World Youth Development Forum, jointly launch the Global Youth Development Action Plan, and gather the broadest efforts for the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


Xi pointed out that "if you agree with each other, you can make no mistake". Let us strengthen our confidence, forge ahead hand in hand in the correct direction of building a high-quality partnership, and create a new era of prosperity and development.


Leaders at the meeting spoke separately. They expressed their gratitude to China for initiating and hosting this high-level dialogue on global development, and highly appreciated President Xi's profound exposition on global development cooperation. At present, the cause of international peace and development is facing severe challenges. Emerging market countries and developing countries are the key forces in building a more fair and balanced international order and promoting peace, security, equality and development. They should strengthen unity and cooperation, push the international community to put development issues at the core, and promote the building of a better world that meets the needs and expectations of most developing countries. This dialogue is timely and of great significance, which is conducive to reaching a new consensus on international development cooperation, safeguarding the common interests of developing countries and injecting new impetus into safeguarding world peace and promoting common development.


Leaders of various countries appreciated and supported China's global development initiative and global security initiative. Agreeing that development is the foundation of security, Security is the premise of development, China's initiative meet that concern and need of developing countries, It is conducive to rallying international consensus, mobilizing development resources, and accelerating the implementation of the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2030. It is hoped that cooperation will be strengthened in poverty reduction, anti-epidemic, food security, energy security and other fields, and the connection between global development initiatives and regional development plans will be strengthened to jointly address challenges in poverty, inequality and development. All parties are seriously concerned about the negative spillover effects of unilateral sanctions and their serious harm to vulnerable developing countries, and emphasize the need to practice true multilateralism, safeguard the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, uphold fairness and justice, and promote the reform of the global governance system. Emerging market countries and developing countries should strengthen coordination and cooperation, enhance their representation and voice in international affairs, jointly safeguard the stable operation of the international economic and financial system, promote the stable recovery and sustainable development of the world economy, and work together to build a global development partnership of unity, equality, balance and inclusiveness.


The Dialogue issued a presidential statement, which comprehensively expounded the political consensus of all participants on global development and put forward practical cooperation measures around key areas of global development initiatives.


Ding Xuexiang, Wang Yi and He Lifeng attended the dialogue.