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Li Keqiang Meets with UN Under Secretary General and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark

On the afternoon of May 4, 2015, Premier Li Keqiang met with visiting Under Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) and Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Helen Clark at Ziguangge, Zhongnanhai.

Li Keqiang appreciated the UNDP's efforts in eliminating poverty and hunger, carrying out disaster prevention and relief and promoting the cause of international development. He said that the Chinese government has always given first priority to development and top importance to poverty reduction, has realized the Millennium Development Goals through unremitting efforts over 15 years, and has provided support and help to other developing countries within its capacity under the framework of South-South Cooperation. Based on the Millennium Development Goals, China is willing to work together with other countries to scheme the blueprint of international development in the next 15 years, increase efforts in poverty reduction, cope with global challenges such as climate change, and promote the formulation of and jointly implement the post-2015 development agenda. China hopes that the UNDP will continue the "main theme" of development and poverty reduction to promote the balanced and sustainable global development.

Li Keqiang pointed out that this year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the UN and the victory of world anti-fascist war. The international community should take this opportunity to review the history, open up the future, and uphold the purposes and principles of the UN Charter. As a founding member of the UN and a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China will support the UN as always to play a bigger role in international affairs, plan the great cause of world peace and development with all parties, and strive to establish a new model of international relations of win-win cooperation.

Helen Clark said that China has made remarkable achievements in its development and especially in achieving the Millennium Development Goals with hundreds of millions of people successfully shaking off poverty, and the relevant experience is worth being shared with the world. The UNDP thanks China for its support and is willing to develop closer cooperation with China to promote the realization of the goals of sustainable development with poverty reduction as its core.


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