Take the Road of Solidarity and Win-Win Cooperation to Create a Better Future of Peace and Development
At present, mankind is facing unprecedented challenges. The disruption of the global supply chain, financial instability, energy crisis and food shortage have had a profound impact on the world. The global deficit in peace, development, security and governance has worsened, and the world has once again stood at a crossroads of history, and the choice of which way to go is up to the people of all countries.
These major issues and challenges are no longer confined to one region and cannot be addressed by a single country. Global issues and challenges require concerted cooperation by all countries, and win-win cooperation is the inevitable choice.
How can the world push forward reform amid turbulence and see hope amid challenges? This written statement will discuss possible ways to accelerate recovery from COVID-19 and fully implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels from four aspects: promoting a community with a shared future for mankind, promoting balanced and sustainable development, building a just and equitable international order, and carrying out dialogue among civilizations.
I. Building a community with a shared future for mankind
The vision of a community with a shared future for mankind advocates solidarity and cooperation to safeguard common security and promote common development. To build a community with a shared future for mankind, we need to follow the principles of dialogue and consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, win-win cooperation, exchanges and mutual learning, green and low-carbon development, replace division with unity, confrontation with cooperation, and inclusiveness with exclusion, and jointly build an open, inclusive, clean and beautiful world that enjoys lasting peace, universal security and common prosperity.
The vision of building a community with a shared future for mankind responds to the common aspiration of all countries to pursue development and progress. It has received increasing support from the international community and has been written into important documents such as UN General Assembly resolutions, Security Council resolutions and UN Human Rights Council resolutions on many occasions. Over the past decade, the common values of peace, development, fairness, justice, democracy and freedom of all mankind have gained increasing popularity. In recent years, China has put forward the Belt and Road Initiative, the Global Development Initiative, the Global Security Initiative and the Global Civilization Initiative. It will inject strong positive energy into the building of a community with a shared future for mankind and make new and greater contributions to a more prosperous and beautiful future.
II. Promote balanced and sustainable development
Development is the key to solving the problems of most developing countries. In order to achieve sustainable development of mankind, the international community should first try to solve the problem of poverty in developing countries and free them from dependency and marginalization.
China has been a responsible supporter and contributor to the 2030 Agenda. In order to advance the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, China put forward the Global Development Initiative during the 76th UN General Assembly, which aims to face the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and usher in a new stage of more balanced, coordinated and inclusive global development. This Initiative calls for international cooperation in eight areas: poverty reduction, food security, anti-epidemic and vaccines, financing for development, climate change and green development, industrialization, digital economy and connectivity in the digital era.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, which aims to promote policy, infrastructure, trade, financial and people-to-people exchanges among countries along the routes. It aims to address inequalities in the world economy suffered by developing countries, especially the least developed countries. Over the past decade, the Belt and Road Initiative has resulted in more than 3,000 cooperation projects, mainly in infrastructure construction. Chinese companies have invested 397.9 billion RMB yuan in cooperation zones in countries along the routes, creating 421,000 local jobs. The Belt and Road cooperation has added new impetus and energy to the development of countries along the routes and made positive contributions to global development.
III. Improve global security governance
Peace is the prerequisite for development and the ardent hope of peace-loving people all over the world. Safeguarding world peace and opposing hegemonism are the basic norms governing international security relations. We must adhere to the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, in particular the important principle of respecting state sovereignty and territorial integrity enshrined in the UN Charter, which is the cornerstone of modern international law and international relations. There should be no blocs of major powers and no double standards. Safeguarding the authority of the United Nations and universally recognized international norms, strengthening coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs, and achieving effective disarmament and arms control are reliable prerequisites for preventing conflicts and wars.
China has adhered to genuine multilateralism, promoted democracy in international relations, and worked to make global governance more just and equitable. China has put forward the global security Initiative, calling for a spirit of solidarity to adapt to the profoundly adjusting international landscape and a win-win approach to complex and intertwined security challenges. The aim is to eliminate the root causes of international conflicts, improve global security governance, and encourage the international community to work together to inject more stability and certainty into an era of turbulence and change, so as to achieve lasting peace and development of the world.
IV. Respect the diversity of civilizations and carry out dialogue among civilizations
The building of a community with a shared future for mankind is not about replacing one system with another, or one civilization with another. Rather, countries with different social systems, histories and cultures, and levels of development, share common interests, rights and responsibilities in international affairs, and form the greatest common denominator of building a better world. The Global Civilization Initiative, put forward by China in March this year, sincerely calls the world to further promote exchanges and dialogue among civilizations and promote the progress of human civilization through inclusiveness and mutual learning, and once again contribute China's wisdom and solutions to advancing international cooperation at a higher level.
The exploration of the modernization road of each country must be based on the roots of its own civilization. Modernization refers not only to the modernization course of developed countries, but also to the goal and development course of developing countries to catch up with developed countries. If a country blindly imitates the western model and does not proceed from its own national conditions, characteristics and reality, it will undoubtedly lead to the disaster of civilization.
The pursuit of Chinese modernization, deeply rooted in the Chinese civilization for more than 5,000 years, pursues high-quality development, develops people's democracy throughout the process, enriches the people's spiritual world, achieves common prosperity for all people, promotes harmonious coexistence between man and nature, promotes the building of a community with a shared future for mankind, and creates a new form of human civilization. This will provide a new choice for countries and nations that want to speed up development while maintaining their independence. It will also inject confidence and strength into the world and create huge opportunities.
We live in a time of great challenge, but also a time of great promise. We are convinced that the historical trend of peace, development and win-win cooperation is unstoppable. It should be the common pursuit of all countries to maintain international peace and security and promote global development and prosperity.
In the face of profound changes unseen in a century, with the purpose of building a community with a shared future for mankind, China has taken an active part in global governance, worked with the international community to address the "four major deficits", and will continue to contribute China's wisdom and solutions to the building of a better human society.