Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (Center) chairs a roundtable on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the United Nations headquarters in New York, September 19, 2016 (XINHUA)
China released its national plan for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
The plan was released by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang when he chaired a roundtable on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The plan consists of five parts, including China's achievements and experience in implementing the Millennium Development Goals, and the challenges and opportunities, guiding principles, roadmap and detailed plans of implementing the SDGs.
As the first national plan that specifies various domains and goal-oriented concrete measures, the plan comprehensively expounds China's development policy and its efforts to help other developing countries to forge ahead the process of global implementation.
The 2030 Agenda, endorsed and launched at the UN Summit for Sustainable Development last year, is a blueprint for eradicating poverty across the world for the years leading up to 2030.
Implementation of the Agenda, including its 17 SDGs and 169 targets, is high on the agenda of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, which opened last week.
Leaders attending the Group of 20 (G20) summit, which was held earlier in September in east China's Hangzhou City, also pledged to actively implement the 2030 Agenda.
Pursuing sustainable development is the fundamental solution to all kinds of global problems, said Li, adding that accelerating the implementation of the agenda is of great significance for now and in the long term amid a weak global economic recovery and increasing difficulties and risks.
While deeming eradicating poverty and hunger as the top priority, the premier called for more efforts to promote robust, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth.
In the past 15 years, China highly valued and took the lead in realizing the UN Millennium Development Goals, and has made remarkable achievements in poverty reduction, health service and education, the premier said.
Over the period, China has lifted over 400 million people out of poverty, reducing the mortality of children under five years old by two thirds and that of pregnant women by three fourths, said Li.
Looking into the future, China has fully started its efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda, and has approved and released the national plan for carrying it out, he added.
As a responsible developing country, China is willing to participate in relevant international cooperation, continuously increase investment in South-South cooperation, and share development experience and opportunities, he said.
In order to support a bigger UN role in the implementation of the Agenda, China pledges additional $100 million in annual aid to UN development agencies by 2020 on top of the amount in 2015, Li said.
He also announced that China's donation to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria will reach $18 million in the next three years.
The roundtable, hosted by the Chinese Government, was attended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN General Assembly President Peter Thomson and heads of 16 international organizations including UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, IMF chief Christine Lagarde, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo and WHO Director-General Margaret Chen.
All the above-mentioned participants gave speeches and agreed that progress has been made since the 2030 Agenda was adopted last September, and that China has been playing a leading and creative role in areas such as implementing the SDGs, poverty eradication, dealing with climate change, and South-South Cooperation.
The participants also highlighted the important role China has played in carrying forward the 2030 Agenda within the G20 framework.
The international organizations present at the roundtable expressed willingness to strengthen cooperation with China, popularize China's development experience, and jointly address challenges so as to push forward the sustainable development of China and the rest of the world.
(Xinhua News Agency September 20, 2016)