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Statement by Ambassador H.E. Mr. FU Cong at the Briefing on Partners in Population and Development

Ambassador Seck,

Doctor Thomas,

Doctor Broun,

Exellencies and Colleagues,

Good morning!

It’s a great pleasure to attend this briefing on Partners in Population and Development. I wish to thank Ambassador Seck and the Permanent Missions of Senegal and PPD for convening this briefing. A vibrant international alliance, PPD is the sole inter-governmental organization of developing countries in the field of population and family planning, representing the interests and voices of nearly 60% of the world’s population. It plays an important role in South-South cooperation on population, and renders valuable support to China’s work on population and family planning.

China shares many of the challenges and priorities of other PPD members, such as an aging society, migration, the health of women and children, and reproductive health. As the chair of PPD Executive Committee, China will fully discharge its responsibilities and strengthen communication, coordination and cooperation with all other PPD members and the international community as a whole, in order to promote the agenda and goals of the PPD as part of the efforts to realize the Sustainable Development Goals and the ICPD Programme of Action Beyond 2014. Together, we will deliver a stronger PPD and contribute to the well-being of people all over the world.

2016 was a fruitful year for PPD. In March, the Chinese government, together with the United Nations Population Fund and PPD, held in Beijing a ministerial dialogue on South-South Cooperation on population and development. The Beijing Action Plan adopted by the meeting charted a roadmap of South-South Cooperation on population for the next five years. In November, Senegal hosted the 13th International Inter-Ministerial Conference for Population and Development. There, productive discussions took place under the theme of “achieving the objective of sustainable development and proactively responding to the challenges in population and development”. The Dakar Call for Action was issued, giving a further boost to South-South cooperation in the field of population and development.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Now is a critical time for attaining the sustainable development goals and a golden era for South-South cooperation. Deeper south-south cooperation on population and development is of particular importance for realizing the SDGs. At the High-level Roundtable on South-South Cooperation held in the UN headquarters in September 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping pointed out that South-South cooperation is a great initiative for developing countries to seek strength through uniy. He also pointed out that as a framework of cooperation featuring equality, mutual trust, mutual benefit, unity and mutual assistance, South-South Cooperation will blaze a new trail towards prosperity for us all. As developing countries are growing stronger as a whole, South-South Cooperation will surely play a bigger role in promoting the rise of developing countries and fostering a world economy that is strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive.

As a developing country with the largest population in the world, China sees delivering a better life for its 1.3 billion people as its ultimate goal of modernization. In the past 15 years, the Chinese government attached great importance to and was among the first to have realized the UN Millennium Development Goals. It has also made remarkable achievements in such fields as poverty reduction, health care and education. Orienting towards the future, China has already started implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in its various aspects, and has released its National Plan on Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Conscious of the need to align the national plan with the Agenda, we have incorporated all the targets in the Agenda into our plan and laid out detailed arrangements for their attainment. To support the implementation of the plan, we have put in place well-developed systems and institutions, and we are mobilizing the whole society to increase input to strengthen monitoring and assessment mechanisms.

China is a developing country that takes its responsibilities seriously. While carrying out our own plan in implementing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, China stands ready to participate in the cooperation with international institutions, and step up its input in South-South cooperation. We will fulfil President Xi’s pledge to carry out 100 maternal and child health projects and build 100 hospitals and clinics in developing countries, especially in Africa; to provide at least 300 short-term scholarships and a certain number of long-term scholarships to other developing countries in the next five years; to promote institutionalized South-South Cooperation between China and Africa, and support the establishment of an international forum on South-South Cooperation in population and development, with a view to enhancing practical cooperation on population and reproductive health among developing countries.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Last month at the Palais des Nations, President Xi delivered an important keynote speech entitled “Work Together to Build a Community of Shared Future for Mankind”. In his speech, President Xi reiterated that China remains unchanged in its commitment to common development, partnership, and multilateralism. In the same spirit, China will work hard to push forward and deepen South-South cooperation on population, reproductive health and family planning with the other PPD members and the whole international community, within the framework of the ICPD Programme of Action Beyond 2014 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We look forward to making greater contributions to the health and well-being of mankind, especially the health and well-being of every woman, every child and every adolescent.

Thank you!

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