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Working Together to Eliminate Poverty and Promoting the International Human Rights Cause
2018/09/14

Mr. President,

I have the honor to deliver the statement on behalf of a cross-regional group of countries including Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), Russian Federation, South Sudan and China.

Poverty challenges the entire mankind and seriously hinders the full realization and enjoyment of human rights. Today, nearly 800 million people across the world are still living under its shadow, and global poverty eradication remains a tough and long battle. Eliminating all forms of poverty is not only fundamental to the pursuit of a happy life by all peoples, but also important for promoting and protecting human rights. States should work together in the following ways to eradicate poverty and create conditions for better promoting and protecting human rights:

First, vigorously promoting sustainable development. Ending poverty should be the primary goal of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and poverty eradication should be an important part of economic development. We need to pursue sustained, inclusive, and equitable growth and respect the right of States to independently choose their own path of poverty eradication and sustainable development in accordance with their national circumstances.

Second, formulating an effective strategy for poverty eradication. States should act with precision in poverty relief and eradication and design their strategies in light of the realities facing their poor populations and areas. Measures could include developing public policies directed at poverty eradication, building infrastructure in poverty-stricken areas, providing public services, such as sanitation, education and culture, and creating job opportunities for the poor to enhance their capacity for self-development.

Third, putting people first. Our efforts should be driven by the people's aspirations for a better life. Development must be for the people, by the people, and its benefits shared by the people. This requires dedicated efforts to improve the people's livelihood, ensure their equal participation in development, and protect the rights of women, children, the elderly and the disabled.

Fourth, strengthening international cooperation on poverty eradication. States should firmly uphold an open world economy and the rules-based multilateral trading system, build a new type of international poverty eradication partnership featuring win-win cooperation, and promote both North-South cooperation and South-South cooperation. The United Nations has an important role to play in global poverty reduction.

Last but not least, the international community should act together with determination in this global endeavor to free humanity from the shackles of poverty and deprivation as early as possible, advance the international human rights cause, and enable mankind to live in a community of a shared future of sustainable development.

Thank you, Mr. President.

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