China looks forward to Rio+20 summit with six-point proposal

June 18, 2012 7:22 am


China's Assistant Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu/XINHUA
RIO DE JANEIRO, Jun 18 – China will make joint efforts with relevant parties to achieve comprehensive, positive and pragmatic results at the upcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20summit), a Chinese diplomat has said.

“Sustainable development is an important issue relating to the future generations of all countries, while strengthening international cooperation and seeking common prosperity is the only way to achieve it,” Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu said at a sideline event ahead of the Rio+20 summit.

China attaches great importance to the summit, Ma said, calling for political will and wisdom to achieve new progress in sustainable development.

China has made a six-point proposal to the upcoming summit, Ma said.

First, efforts should be made to uphold the principle of “common but differentiated responsibilities,” a major achievement of the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio and which serves as the guiding principle of international cooperation.

Second, the development of society, economy and environmental protection should be balanced. The summit should promote comprehensive, balanced and sustainable development of mankind.

The third is to open up broad prospects for the green economy, which is important to achieving sustainable development, eradicating poverty and restructuring economies. China hopes the summit could promote international cooperation in promoting the green economy and address the concerns of developing countries.

The fourth is to promote the establishment of mechanisms for sustainable development, which could help resolve the practical difficulties of developing countries.

The fifth is to effectively provide support and assistance for developing countries, which are the weak link in the chain of sustainable development. The summit should develop specific implementation plans to provide financial assistance, debt relief and transfers of technology for developing countries.

The last is to initiate the process of setting goals for sustainable development. The summit should clarify the guiding principles of achieving the goals, which should also be an effective complement to the Millennium Development Goals.

As a responsible developing country, Ma said, China has actively been promoting international cooperation in sustainable development and has fully honoured its commitment to the international community with unremitting efforts to promote global sustainable development.

China has participated in the Rio+20 with a positive and constructive attitude, he added.

The June 20-22 Rio+20, the largest United Nations conference ever to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will bring together leaders from more than 190 nations who will reach a series of political agreements to improve people’s standard of living and protect the environment.

Twenty years after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, the United Nations is again bringing together governments, international institutions and major groups to discuss a range of measures to reduce poverty while promoting decent jobs, clean energy and more sustainable and fair use of resources.


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