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Li Keqiang Meets with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

On May 19, 2014, Premier Li Keqiang met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the Yangyuan Hall in the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse.

Li Keqiang said that since its establishment, the UN has made significant contributions to and played an irreplaceable role in maintaining the framework of the post–World War II international order and promoting world peace and development. The Chinese government firmly supports the UN to play a greater role in international and regional affairs to address various growing challenges.

Li Keqiang said that formulating the Post-2015 Development Agenda is one of the important tasks for the UN. For this purpose, the UN needs to well manage three key words, namely, growth, inclusiveness and cooperation. Poverty should be gradually eliminated on the basis of promoting sustained economic growth. It should be taken care of at the same time the concerns of both the developed countries and the developing countries. A global partnership of fairness, justice and effectiveness should be set up to achieve common development.

Li Keqiang stated at request China’s position on addressing climate change. He stressed that climate change is an environment issue, and also a development issue. The principles such as “common but differentiated responsibilities” should always be upheld and fully reflected, to ensure that every country undertakes the responsibility compatible with the stage and level of its own development. China is willing to strengthen cooperation with the UN and other relevant parties to jointly cope with the climate change and promote sustainable development.

Ban Ki-moon said that China has long been devoted to promoting multilateralism and South-South cooperation, has actively participated in UN peacekeeping operations and made significant contributions to solving international and regional hotspot issues, achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals and maintaining world peace and development. Premier Li Keqiang’s recent successful visit to Africa will vigorously promote Africa’s development. The UN appreciates the Chinese government’s help to Africa, speaks highly of China’s declaration of war on pollution, and is willing to work with China and other countries to formulate the Post-2015 Development Agenda, upholding the principal of “common but differentiated responsibilities”, to address the global issues including climate change and to promote the sustainable development of the world.

Both sides also exchanged views on international and regional topics of common interest.

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