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Zhang Gaoli Meets with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
2014/09/23

 

On September 22, 2014, when attending the United Nations (UN) Climate Summit, Special Envoy of President Xi Jinping and Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, met at the UN headquarters in New York with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and together, they attended a ceremony during which the Chinese government donated a global land cover dataset at 30-meter resolution to the UN.

Zhang Gaoli first conveyed sincere greetings of President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang to Ban Ki-moon and forwarded the letter from President Xi Jinping to him. Zhang Gaoli said that China highly appreciates Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's proposal of convening the UN Climate Summit and believes that the Summit will play an important and positive role in international cooperation dealing with climate change. The Chinese government and leaders attach great importance to coping with climate change and to the UN's role in this regard. China is willing to continuously enhance cooperation with the UN and will offer 6 million USD to support the UN Secretary-General in promoting South-South cooperation in dealing with climate change.

Zhang Gaoli pointed out that next year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the UN. The international community should take this opportunity to enhance multilateralism, safeguard the purpose and principle enshrined in the UN Charter and maintain the post-war international order. All parties should well grasp the three keywords of growth, inclusiveness and cooperation and ensure next year's UN Development Summit to adopt a new development agenda centered on eliminating poverty and realizing common development. As a permanent member of the UN Security Council and the largest developing country, China will continue devoting to multilateralism and enhancing its cooperation with the UN.

Ban Ki-moon welcomed Zhang Gaoli to attend the Summit as President Xi Jinping's Special Envoy, and asked him to convey his best wishes to Chinese leaders, and thanked for China's great support to the UN. Ban Ki-moon expressed that the UN highly appreciates China's positive efforts in tackling climate change and significant achievements thus made, and expects China to make greater contributions. Ban Ki-moon also highly appreciated China's important role in combating Ebola epidemic and in handling regional hotspot issues in Afghanistan, South Sudan and so on.

At the ceremony of donating global land cover dataset, Zhang Gaoli expressed that the Chinese government officially donates the world's first set of global land cover dataset at 30-meter resolution to the UN today, which is a gift for the Climate Summit. The dataset is a significant achievement made by Chinese scientific and technical personnel after four years' industrious efforts, and covers global land area including ten kinds of surface coverage information such as arable land, water body and forest land. The data is conducive to all countries especially the developing countries in promoting acquisition and application capacity of geographic information and effectively tackling climate change.

Zhang Gaoli also met with President Sam Kahamba Kutesa of the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly, saying that China will support and cooperate with the work of the UN General Assembly President, resolutely dedicate to maintaining basic norms governing international relations and actively push forward international cooperation related to the Post-2015 Development Agenda and addressing climate change.

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