Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin’s Regular Press Conference on October 19, 2022

Wang Wenbin: Development is an eternal theme of humanity. Without development, nothing would be possible. During the General Debate of the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly in September last year, President Xi Jinping put forth the Global Development Initiative (GDI) with an aim to refocus international attention on the issue of development, step up international cooperation and provide China’s insight and solution for solving difficult development issues and speeding up implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The initiative has been warmly received by the international community since its inception. It is a rallying call to galvanize support for the building of a community with a shared future for mankind. It offers a roadmap for bridging the North-South gap and a strong boost to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Over the past year or so, with the concerted effort from both China and the rest of the international community, the GDI has witnessed solid implementation. It has not only achieved multiple early harvests, but also enjoyed progress on a full range of fronts with clear priorities. It signifies that the GDI has progressed from laying the foundation to establishing the pillars and is evolving from broad strokes to refined details. 

First, galvanizing international consensus on promoting cooperation under the GDI and speeding up the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. More than 100 countries and many international organizations have supported the GDI and nearly 60 countries have joined the Group of Friends of the GDI. The GDI has been incorporated into the cooperation documents between China and ASEAN, Central Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Pacific Island countries. Last June, when hosting the High-level Dialogue on Global Development, President Xi Jinping announced 32 important measures to implement the GDI, which helped to bring development back to the center of the international agenda and received high recognition.

Second, establishing two financing platforms. The Global Development and South-South Cooperation Fund pledged by President Xi Jinping has been set up and is now supporting cooperation under the GDI. Phase III of the FAO-China South-South Cooperation (SSC) Trust Fund has been officially launched. In the meantime, we are exploring new ways to raise fund and mobilize various parties to pitch in and advance practical cooperation in the eight key areas as identified by the initiative. 

Third, advancing institution building for cooperation in various sectors. China has set up a Global Development Promotion Center to provide an action platform for implementing the GDI. We launched and established such platforms as a World TVET League, the China-Pacific Island Countries Climate Action Cooperation Center, an International NGOs Network for Poverty Reduction Cooperation, and worked with all sides to foster cooperation networks in such areas as agriculture, education, epidemic response and climate action. Not long ago, China hosted a ministerial meeting of the Group of Friends of the GDI, where new actions in seven areas and the first batch of projects of the GDI project pool were released, including 50 practical cooperation projects on poverty reduction, food security and industrialization and more than 1,000 capacity building projects.

Fourth, enhancing knowledge-sharing on development. We have issued the first Global Development Report, which provides insight for the global development cause. We are accelerating efforts to build a Global Knowledge Network for Development and engaging actively in experience-sharing on state governance and development to promote mutual learning among countries.

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