Welcoming Remarks: Celebration of United Nations Day 2015
23 October 2015, Beijing
By Mr. Alain Noud茅hou, United Nations Resident Coordinator
Ambassador Shi Zhongjun, Representative from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
Ambassador Lu Shumin, President of the UN Association of China,
Excellencies, Ambassadors and members of the diplomatic corps,
Colleagues from the United Nations,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
On behalf of the United Nations Country Team in China, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of you. Thank you for accepting our invitation to this event to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.
Seventy years ago, fifty-one nations came together to sign
the United Nations (UN) Charter. Many more nations have joined since then and
today the organization has 193 members.
After World War II and millions of deaths, the
international community sought peace, justice and social progress. The UN
charter gave humanity hope for such a future.
Today, we celebrate the noble aspirations of the UN: that the nations of
the world commit to resolve their differences peacefully; to promote dignity
and human rights; to foster social and economic development; to protect our
environment; and to provide humanitarian aid in case of famine, natural
disaster, and armed conflict.
the past 70 years, advancements in medicine have eradicated terrible illnesses
and progress in science and technologies have created new social and economic
values and have made the world more interconnected than ever before. And China
is now the world鈥檚 second biggest economy, having lifted more than 400 million people out of
poverty just between 1990 and 2011.
The stable and peaceful global environment that has prevailed following the establishment of the United Nations has facilitated this progress.
these laudable achievements, much remains to be done which requires the
sustained and diligent engagement of a Strong UN.
The world today is faced with a
multitude of complex issues; there is a continuous need to nurture and build
understanding and solidarity across cultural differences and national borders;
humanitarian assistance is increasingly needed to help millions in need,
including women and children. Other challenges include the
massive movements of people through migration; the higher frequency of
pandemics; the growing manifestations of climate change; and the rising level
of inequality within and among nations.
All of these challenges transcend national borders and require global solutions. No single country or organization can solve them on their own.
cooperation is thus more critical than ever.
United Nations has the legitimacy and the authority of universal representation
through which sustained peace and development can effectively be pursued.
stated by the UN Secretary General, 鈥淚n many respects, the world is shifting beneath
our feet. Yet the Charter remains a firm foundation for shared progress.鈥�
So as we
celebrate UN Day 2015, we should take the opportunity to
reflect on how to ensure a strong UN as we continue to work for peace,
prosperity, equality and the protection of our planet.
The year 2015 provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity
to redouble our collective commitment towards this end.
Less than a month ago, 193 world leaders came together to
approve the new 2030 Action Agenda for Sustainable Development. Composed of 17
Goals, the new agenda reflects our global aspiration to ensure a prosperous
future for all while protecting our planet.
from member states, national actors, citizens and all concerned organizations
is now required to successfully implement these global goals.
At the 70th UN
General Assembly, China鈥檚 President Xi Jinping reiterated China鈥檚 commitment to
the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable
Development by making commendable announcements in support of peace and
development, women empowerment, support for developing countries on climate
change and south-south cooperation 鈥� just to name a few.
Building on the
unprecedented achievements in the country over the past 3 decades, China is
very well positioned to continue to make great impact 鈥� both domestically and
To support this partnership at the national level, a new United Nations
Development Assistance Framework between the UN and the Government of China
will be signed in the coming weeks. The Framework will provide a strategic
direction for our cooperation in China in the years to come.
On behalf of my colleagues from the United Nations
Country Team, I want to conclude by commending the Government of China for its
leadership in supporting our work here in China and globally.
To all our development partners, we express our
gratitude for your valuable cooperation.
Our heartfelt appreciation also goes to the UN
Association of China, for their diligent work to promote the ideals of the
United Nations. I want to particularly thank the UN Association for organizing for
today鈥檚 occasion the wonderful exhibition of Chinese calligraphy that you have
all seen in the Conference Room when you arrived.
Our Master of Ceremonies Ms. Tian Wei, we
are grateful for your accepting to officiate at our function and for your continued
I want to also recognize my dear colleagues
and Heads of UN Agencies for their leadership and the UN staff in China for
their dedication to the work of the United Nations.
As part of the global celebrations, the
Great Wall of China will be illuminated tomorrow in the color of UN blue, along
with over 200 other iconic monuments and buildings in over 60 countries. This
is a great gesture by the Chinese Government and a fantastic tribute to the 70th
anniversary of the United Nations.
to work together, each in our own capacity, to strengthen the UN and to
reinvigorate the timeless values of the UN Charter in the seven decades to come.
I thank you all for your kind attention and wish you a very pleasant evening.