Sustainable development to shine in next five-year plan – Chinadaily.com.cn


Huang Yiyang, deputy director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Department of International Economic Affairs, attends a symposium hosted by the Center for International Knowledge on Development, themed China and the World in a Changing Global Context, in Beijing on Sept 26. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

China remains committed to sustainable development goals despite challenges brought by the COVID-19 global pandemic, aligning its national blueprint for the next five years to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda, a senior official said.

The country’s upcoming 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) will feature a focus on achieving sustainable development and be “highly consistent with” the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, said Huang Yiyang, deputy director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Department of International Economic Affairs.

Adopted by all UN member states in 2015, the 2030 Agenda is the collection of 17 goals intended to be achieved by 2030, such as no poverty, zero hunger and clean energy.

In face of the rising protectionism amid the pandemic that has made achieving common and sustainable development more difficult, China will step up efforts to contribute to the 2030 Agenda, with the five-year plan to give detailed roadmaps for fulfilling related national targets and to coordinate domestic development and global goals, Huang said.

“The plan is set to break down the goals regarding energy conservation and carbon emission reduction into smaller sub-areas, making a solemn promise to the international community by staying open and transparent,” he said.

Huang made the remarks on Saturday at a symposium on the 5th anniversary of the nation’s announcement of establishing the Center for International Knowledge on Development, or the CIKD, themed China and the World in a Changing Global Context.

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