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Mr. Alain Noudéhou: Welcoming Remarks, Celebration of United Nations Day 2015

Welcoming Remarks: Celebration of United Nations Day 2015

23 October 2015, Beijing

By Mr. Alain Noudhou, 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,

Distinguished Guests,

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.
 

Over 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.

Despite 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.

International cooperation is thus more critical than ever.
 

The United Nations has the legitimacy and the authority of universal representation through which sustained peace and development can effectively be pursued.
 

As 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.
 

Full commitment 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 globally.
 

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 support.
 

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.
 

Let鈥檚 continue 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.


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