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Statement at the General Debate of the 33rd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent
By H.E. Mr. CHEN Xu, Head of Delegation of the Government of the People's Republic of China

Madam Chair,

On behalf of the Chinese Government delegation, I would like to congratulate your assumption as chair of the 33rd International Conference and reassure you our support to you and the bureau.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, the 160th anniversary of the Battle of Solferio which led to the establishment of the International Red Cross, and the 100th anniversary of the founding of IFRC. We wish to express sincere appreciation to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement for its tremendous efforts and ever-growing role in international humanitarian cause, especially in protecting human life, health, dignity, and promoting mutual understanding, friendship and cooperation.

Madam Chair, distinguished delegates,

Our world is undergoing profound changes with more risks and challenges, both traditional and non-traditional, such as development gaps, terrorism, refugee crises, and climate change, which aggravated humanitarian concerns. There is an urgent need to work together to make sure that everyone enjoys peace, development and dignity.  

1. To enhance multilateral cooperation to improve humanitarian situation. Today, international humanitarian demand hits record high, which requires solidarity and cooperation since no country or organization could handle it alone. We support diverse humanitarian cooperation at global, regional and country levels. International organizations and developed countries should take more steps to help developing countries in terms of financial and technical support, and capacity building.

2. To take comprehensive approaches to address both symptoms and root causes of humanitarian crises. Though the causes of humanitarian crises are multifold, the solutions lie in peace and development. All countries should uphold the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, and seek for peaceful solutions to disputes through consultation and dialogue. The UN needs to strengthen political mediation and peace building efforts to effectively prevent conflicts. We should work together to reinforce our efforts to implement 2030 Agenda, narrow the gap between the North and the South, eliminate poverty and achieve common development.

3. To strengthen the political will to further implement the International Humanitarian Law (IHL). IHL, in particular, the Geneva conventions and their protocols are the corner stone of humanitarian causes. We celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions last September at the UN headquarter with many member states showing their strong support. We need to better advocate and promote IHL with a view to transform political commitments into practical actions. Bearing in mind the need to fully respect state sovereignty, humanitarian agencies are expected to assist all parties to enhance their capacities to implement IHL.

4. To promote humanitarianism for our shared future. Offering support to people in need is in Chinese gene. President XI Jinping highly values the international humanitarian cause and always regards "Red Cross as a spirit to follow and a flag to uphold". China will continue to join hands with international community to advocate the Red Cross spirit of "Humanity, Fraternity and Devotion", to protect people's lives and health, to promote society's cohesion and progress,and to build a community of shared future for mankind.

Madam Chair, distinguished delegates,

Humanitarian causes are sublime. As the largest developing country, China will continue to uphold multilateralism, strengthen cooperation with all members of the Movement, and do its best to make more contribution to the international humanitarian causes.

Thank you, Madam Chair!

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