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Statement by Ambassador Zhang Jun at the first regular session of the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board on UNDP China Country Programme Document

2021/02/11

Madam President,

I would like to thank Ms. Kanni for the comprehensive introduction of the China Country Programme Document for the new cycle. My thanks also go to the UNDP Headquarters, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, and the country office in China for their efforts in the drafting process. I also wish to thank Member States for their understanding

and support to the China CPD.

The Chinese Government always attaches great importance to its cooperation with UNDP. Building on 8 consecutive cycles of CPDs since 1979, the two sides have carried out lots of cooperation projects. These projects cover a wide range of areas, such as poverty eradication, education, health, environmental protection and women's development. They have contributed to China's economic and social development, and demonstrated the good cooperation between UN development entities and developing countries.

At present, COVID-19 continues to spread across the world. The global economy is mired in deep recession. All countries are confronted with new challenges in development. As the world's largest developing country, China still faces the acute challenge of unbalanced and inadequate development. Its human development index ranks only the 85th in the world.

While making great efforts on its own, China is ready to strengthen cooperation with UNDP. We hope to continue to benifit from international good practice and experience and continue to be supported by UNDP in policy making on high-quality development and climate change.

Madam President,

Cooperation between China and UNDP has always been on an equal footing and mutually beneficial. We appreciate UNDP's strong support. At the same time, China actively contributes to the cause of international development. China provides voluntary contributions to UNDP every year. In 2020, China provided 8.2 million dollars in voluntary contributions and 6 million yuan in resident cost, ranking the first among developing countries. Furthermore, China has carried out triangular cooperation with UNDP through the South-South Cooperation Assistance Fund. We have implemented projects on poverty reduction, disaster relief and climate change in many developing countries with good results. China is ready to further consolidate its cooperation with UNDP.

We will continue to follow the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and relevant GA resolutions in the area of development. With concrete actions, we are making every effort to help other developing countries respond to the pandemic, implement the 2030 Agenda, and achieve common development.

Madam President,

The new China CPD has incorporated the inputs of various stakeholders. It is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework, and is in conformity with China's development priorities and UNDP's mandate and comparative advantages. China fully supports the CPD.

We stand ready to further strengthen exchanges and cooperation with all stakeholders in the follow-up implementation, and jointly support the work of UNDP. We sincerely hope that all members of the Executive Board will support the review and approval of the China CPD.

Thank you, Madam President.

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