Today we mark the 75th anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Charter.
With this founding document, the UN set out to protect peace, promote stability and create the conditions to achieve higher standards of living for all.
As we come together on UN Day, we recognize that these values are more important than ever.
The UN has witnessed the profound economic and social transformations that have taken place in China over the past decades.
The people of China now embark on a new era of high-quality development.
As a trusted and long-standing partner of government over the past 41 years, the UN in China will continue working with the country and its people as we achieve our shared aspirations.
While we celebrate UN Day, we acknowledge the great disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here in China and around the world, this unprecedented health crisis has also presented severe social and economic impacts.
As we work to safeguard lives and livelihoods, we must build a fairer, more sustainable post-COVID world.
The Sustainable Development Goals lay down the blueprint for our way out of the pandemic.
We celebrate China’s achievements in rural poverty alleviation and will assist in protecting the gains of the past.
We welcome China’s recent commitments towards carbon neutrality, as we strive for green jobs and a greener economy.
In this special year, UN75 seeks to allow individuals the chance to share their hopes and fears, to imagine the future they desire.
Here in China, people from all walks of life, have engaged in this initiative and made their voice clear.
Young people, in particular, have answered this call through their engagements in the UN China youth dialogue series.
We see them sharing creative solutions to the problems of gender equality.
We see them present innovations that make technology more accessible to marginalized communities.
We ask for the people of China to remain involved and committed to the 2030 Agenda to build a better, more sustainable world for all.
As the UN Secretary-General has put it:
The United Nations not only stands with you…
The United Nations belongs to you and is you: “we the peoples”.
Thank you. Xie Xie