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President Xi Jinping's Special Representative Wang Yi Attends a Video Meeting of World Leaders Held by the United Nation Security Council
2020/09/24

On September 24, 2020, Special Representative of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister, Wang Yi attended a video meeting of world leaders held by the United Nation (UN) Security Council in Beijing, and delivered a speech titled "reform and improve the global governance system and jointly promote the building of a community with a shared future for mankind".Improving the Global Governance System Through Reform and Joining Hands to Build a Community with a Shared Future for Humankind".

Wang Yi expressed, this year marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of the UN. In his speeches earlier this week at the high-level meeting to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the UN and the General Debate of the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly, President Xi Jinping addressed a series of key questions from a strategic, long-term and historical perspective - What kind of world will we humanity live in? What kind of country will China look like? And what kind of UN is needed for the world? The answers, as President Xi underlined, lie in the steadfast commitment to the path of multilateralism and to the UN-centered international system, and joint efforts to build a community with a shared future for humankind and a new type of international relations. Many leaders have also recalled the founding missions of the UN, expressed strong support for multilateralism and displayed a shared aspiration for defeating COVID-19 with solidarity and pursuing peace and development.

Wang Yi said, the world today is confronted by myriad threats and challenges, whose solution urgently requires improved global governance and closer coordination and cooperation. To this end, the Chinese side would like to propose the following five points. First, we need to act on the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits. Global affairs must be discussed by all, governance systems built by all, and benefits of governance shared by all, so that every country is a participant, contributor and beneficiary of world peace and development. Second, we need to jointly tackle non-traditional security threats. Non-traditional security threats, often multifaceted, can only be effectively tackled with comprehensive, well-calibrated efforts to address both the symptoms and root causes. Third, we need to enhance coordination and cooperation among major countries. Global governance will be strengthened when major countries set an example of acting on the UN Charter, providing global public goods, and contributing to world peace and development. Major countries are even more duty-bound to put the future of humankind first, discard Cold War mentality and ideological bias, and come together in the spirit of partnership to tide over the difficulties. Fourth, we need to uphold international law and rules. All must adhere to the basic norms governing international relations such as sovereign equality, non-interference in internal affairs and peaceful settlement of disputes. All must safeguard the authority and sanctity of international law. Fifth, we need to bring the role of the UN to bear. Meanwhile, the body needs to evolve with the times, increase the representation and voice of the developing countries, raise its efficiency and emergency preparedness, and build an up-to-date governance system and capability.

Wang Yi noted, the Security Council, the centerpiece of the collective security framework, is tasked with the primary responsibility for international peace and security. The Council needs to effectively fulfill the duties conferred by the UN Charter, contribute to the maintenance of world peace and the stability of international order, ensure security to all peoples and bring hope to global governance. China will continue to work with countries around the world to improve the global governance system and build a community with a shared future for humankind.

This meeting is one of a series of high-level meetings to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the UN. It was initiated by Niger who assumed presidency of the UN Security Council for September. President Issoufou Mahamadou of Niger, leaders and representatives of other Security Council members, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat and others attended the meeting.

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