UNESCO’s News in September: China Exchanges with UN Leaders on the Sustainable Development Goals

September 27, 2016 - NEWS, What’s new at Association? - Post by: WfpaEdit

© UNESCO -UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova participated in a round table chaired by the Premier of the State Council, Mr Li Keqiang, on “China’s perspective on the Sustainable Development Goals as a universal push to transform our world,” New York, September 2016

“Sustainable development is a common cause for the world,” affirmed Premier Li. “We must continue to address unbalanced development and promote inclusive economic growth.”

He noted that specific attention was placed on SDG follow-up at the recent G20 Hangzhou Summit and that China adopted a National Plan on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, with ambitious targets to lift 57 million people from poverty by 2020 and improve standards in health, education and housing.

During the event, the UN Secretary General, the President of the General Assembly, several UN principals, the World Bank President and the Head of the International Monetary Fund took the floor to underscore China’s key role in driving progress on the SDGs.

“This roundtable could not come at a better time, one year after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and during China’s G20 Chairmanship,” said Irina Bokova.

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