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Mr. WANG Xuemin,

Mr. Lin Xinjie,

Mr. WANG Jiahua,

Dr. QU Sixi,

Ms. SONG Tingting,

Colleagues,

 

Good morning!

 

On behalf of the United Nations Agencies in China, it is my great pleasure to welcome you here today to launch the WFP’s partnership with Kuaishou. 

 

And let me use this opportunity to celebrate the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to WFP and to congratulate our colleagues for such a phenomenal recognition of the important work they do.  For Kuaishou – this gives even more significance to the partnership being established today.

 


Ladies and Gentlemen….

 

2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. This year also marks five years since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals to guide development issues from 2015 to 2030. 2020 also marks the year the world was confronted with a global pandemic of unprecedented scale. 

 

As António Guterres, the Secretary General of the United Nations said last month at the 75th General Assembly of the United Nations.

 

“Covid-19 has laid bare the world’s fragilities. We face simultaneously “an epochal health crisis, the biggest economic calamity and job losses since the Great Depression, and dangerous new threats to human rights”. 

 

The pandemic has preyed on the most vulnerable and wiped away progress of decades. For the first time in 30 years, poverty is rising. Human development indicators are declining. We are careening off track in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

According to the UN Secretary-General’s 2020 SDG Progress Report, it is estimated that 71 million people will fall back into extreme poverty by 2020.

 

We are facing dramatic changes and complex challenges that need more collective action than ever before.

 

The United Nations SDGs are the guide for collective human action. Including the first goal which is about Ending poverty in all its forms everywhere.

 

To draw attention to poverty around the world, the UN set up the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17 every year. Also here in China, October 17 marks the national poverty alleviation day established by the Chinese government.

 

This year, 2020, is a landmark year in China’s battle against poverty. Despite difficult obstacles created by the COVID-19 pandemic, China is close to attaining its goal of eradicating extreme rural poverty. This is a remarkable achievement that will make a major contribution to global efforts to “End Poverty in All Its Forms Everywhere”. This will be a major contribution to the cause of poverty eradication globally.


Through the ‘UN@75’ initiative launched by the UN Secretary-General in the beginning of the year, 2020 is commemorated as a year of dialogue, where all stakeholders are convened together to ignite the largest and furthest-reaching global conversation ever on building the future we want. It is in this context, that UN entities in China strive to further engage in cross-border, cross industry and cross generational dialogues with partners, aiming to involve as many people as possible, to listen to their hopes and concerns, to learn from their experiences, and enable them to look globally, to participate in global actions, to and jointly exert diversity and global influence.

 

We work with partners to build the future we want and the UN we need and today, we do so with valued partners such as Kuaishou. 

 

Kuaishou has had several collaborations with UN agencies in China in 2020, including WFP, UNICEF, UNEP, and WHO. Now for the first time, Kuaishou is entering into a strategic partnership with an UN agency to carry out a number of activities in the field of science and education. I hope that in the future, Kuaishou will join hands with more UN agencies to work together for global sustainable development. For the world we want and I can only wish this partnership being forged today, every success!

 

Thank you.

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