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Mr. Alain Noudéhou: Speech on Gender Equality in China’s Economic Transition” UN “Equity in China” Policy Paper Launch Ceremony

Launch Ceremony “Gender Equality in China’s Economic Transition” UN “Equity in China” Policy Paper Speech


14 March, Beijing

By Mr. Alain Noudéhou, UN Resident Coordinator

Colleagues from the United Nations,

Distinguished guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

A very good afternoon to all of you!

On behalf of the United Nations Country Team in China, I would like to welcome you all to the launch of the thematic paper entitled “Gender Equality in China’s Economic Transformation”.

This is part of an Equity paper series that the UN Country Team has launched back in 2013 with the publication of a “chapeau” paper in December that year to frame future thematic discussions on equity issues.

The year 2016 is an important one for both the UN and China. This year, we have started the global implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.   The main objective of this Agenda is to “leave no one behind” in the pursuit of development. Essentially, everyone, no matter where you are born, or who you are, should have an equal opportunity to live in dignity. The 2030 Agenda is an ambitious global endeavor that aims to eradicate poverty, protect the planet, and ensure a peaceful and secure world for everyone to live in. The17 SDGs that are included in the Agenda cover a wide range of issues that are well interconnected. The implementation of the 2030 Agenda will require sustained political commitment and diligent policy efforts to ensure that the SDGs are well aligned with national priorities. We are pleased to see that China is leading the way in doing this through its draft 13th Five Year Plan which puts equitable development squarely at the center of its national agenda.

The 13th FYP prioritizes critical reforms for a more harmonious, ecological and equitable development.  Going forward, the five development concepts that will guide the course of progress in the country have been identified by the government as innovation, coordination, green development, opening up and sharing. These concepts are central to China’s path towards a more sustainable and inclusive development that puts people at the center. Let me concentrate for a moment on the concept of “sharing”.  This is translated from the notion of “Gong Xiang 共享” which calls for all of us to work together to ensure that everyone benefits from the development wealth created.

Along these lines, if half of the country’s population does not participate and benefit fully and equitably in the development process, how can we achieve lasting progress? A country can only do well when the wisdom, and productive capacities of its women are fully harnessed so they are able to participate effectively in the social, economic and political life of the country.

The pursuit of greater gender equity is deeply embedded in the support principles of the UN System.  We believe that equitable development that builds on the entirety of the contributing asset of a country is vital for that country’s ability to achieve healthy growth and development that is harmonious and sustainable.

In closing, I would to thank UN Women for having spearheaded the development of this paper and for organizing this launching event.  I wish everybody fruitful deliberations.

I thank you for your kind attention.


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