China vows to further support work of UN
2016-08-27 09:34:00

CHINA-BEIJING-LI KEQIANG-UN-MEETING(CN)

PremierLi Keqiang(R) meets with Peter Thomson, president of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 26, 2016. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)

BEIJING, Aug. 26 -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Friday met with Peter Thomson, president of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, pledging to support the work of theUnited Nations.

Li said globalization was frustrated and uncertainties and destabilizing factors in the international situation are on the rise with the sluggish recovery of the world economy, growing geopolitical risks and threats posed by terrorism and the refugee issue.

China firmly supports a "strong and robust" role for the United Nations as the most representative and authoritative intergovernmental organization, Li told Thomson.

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the restoration of China's seat in the United Nations, said Li.

China has always been committed to the international system with the United Nations at its core and defending the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, said the premier.

China will safeguard the authority of the United Nations and support its work under the new circumstances, he said.

"We will make joint efforts with all countries to address the challenges, enhance and improve the global governance system, promote the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development so as to create a win-win situation," Li said.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, endorsed and launched at the UN Summit for Sustainable Development last year, including 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets, is a blueprint for eradicating poverty across the world for the next 15 years.

Thomson said as a country with much influence in the world, China has played a major role on promoting the international peace and sustainable development.

The United Nations appreciates China's long-term support, and looks forward to lifting relations with China to a new height, he said.

Thomson, who will take office in September, is visiting China from Thursday to Saturday at the invitation of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Earlier on Friday, Wang held talks with Thomson on all-round cooperation.

Wang reassured Thomson on China's efforts in climate change and promoting green, low-carbon and sustainable development, including pushing for the early effectiveness of the Paris Agreement and helping developing countries to strengthen capacity building in climate change.

China has already started implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and will push G20 members to formulate an action plan for its implementation in the upcoming G20 Hangzhou summit, Wang said.

Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi also met with Thomson Friday.

Source: English.news.cn Editor: Amanda