The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, has commended China for pushing forward the concerns of developing countries at this year’s G20 Summit being held in the Chinese city of Hangzhou.
The initiative, he explained, would promote South-South cooperation, support the tenets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ensure that no one was left behind, regardless of race or ethnicity.
He was speaking at a news conference held on the sidelines of the G20 summit which, for the first time, is drawing participants from developing countries across the world, including the African Union (AU).
The G20 was initiated in 1999 and consists of Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union (EU).
Ban stated the need for an effective partnership between developed and developing nations in tackling the issues of poverty, conflicts and all forms of inequalities, saying, “We have to live as human beings with human dignity”.
He expressed optimism that the implementation of the summit’s outcomes would not focus on short term global financing alone but on a broader level in tackling issues affecting developing states and the global community as a whole.
He urged countries around the world to align their programmes and policies with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to realise the targets spelt out by the year 2030.
For peace and sustainable development to thrive, the UN Secretary General urged all leaders to strive towards the promotion of peace, human rights and development of the world community.
Commenting on effective achievement of the targets of the SDGs, he explained that it required sustainable peace.
He commended President Xi Jinxing of China and his American counterpart, Barack Obama, for their commitment towards, and ratifying the convention on climate change.
Both China and United States of America announced that they would curb greenhouse gas emissions over the next two decades.
Under the agreement, China would reduce its carbon emissions by 2030 and aim to get 20 per cent of its energy from zero-carbon emission sources within the same period while the United States on the other hand, promised to reduce its 2005 level of carbon emissions by 26 per cent to 28 per cent before 2025.
The UN boss urged other members of G20, to lead by example in addressing issues of climate change, saying, “we must keep up the momentum”.
The United Nations, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, World Trade Organisation, Financial Stability Board, International Labour Organisation, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) are among international bodies also attending the summit.
Idriss Derby, President of Chad, is representing the AU, while Senegalese President Marky Sall and Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Al-Sisi are among non-members and developing nations in attendance.
South African President Jacob Zuma is representing his country as South Africa remains the only African nation in the G20.
From David O. Yarboi-Tetteh, Hangzhou