China pledges to work with developing countries to promote international human rights
BEIJING, December 9, 2021 / PRNewswire / – China, as the world’s largest developing country, pledged to work with all developing countries to promote the healthy development of the international human rights cause, at a human rights forum man Wednesday.
The South-South Human Rights Forum 2021, a biennial event held this year for the third time in Beijing, had as its theme “Prioritizing people and global human rights governance”.
Stressing that human rights practices are diverse, Chinese President Xi Jinping said Beijing is ready to work with other developing countries to promote common values of humanity, in its letter of congratulations to the forum.
Achievements in from China cause of human rights
Countries around the world can and should choose the path of human rights development that suits their own national conditions, Xi said.
Noting that human rights are a symbol of the progress of human civilization, he stressed that it is the responsibility of all countries to put people first and consider people’s desire for a better life. as a goal.
During the last years, China has made progress in the development of human rights, especially in poverty reduction.
“The Chinese people now have a greater sense of gain, happiness and security in terms of protecting human rights,” Xi said.
Since the launch of the reform and opening up in 1978, 770 million rural people living below from China The poverty line has been lifted out of poverty, according to a White Paper on Advancing Human Rights Through Achieving Moderate Prosperity released by the Information Office of the State Council in August.
The country has reached its poverty reduction target of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development 10 years ahead of schedule, notes the white paper.
In September, China published the Human Rights Action Plan of China (2021-2025), detailing nearly 200 goals and tasks, ranging from rights to basic living standards, public participation in environmental decision-making and the rights of ethnic minority groups.
South-South cooperation in international human rights
With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing major changes around the world, how developing countries should approach human rights issues in the post-COVID era was at the center of the forum.
Xi described South-South cooperation – economic and technical cooperation among countries in the Global South – as a grand initiative of developing countries seeking strength through unity.
During the first forum held in 2017, he stressed that the development of human rights in the world cannot be achieved without the joint efforts of developing countries, which represent more than 80% of the world’s population. .
China attaches great importance to South-South cooperation. Along with political dialogue and financial cooperation, it promotes the exchange of knowledge and expertise through programs, projects and initiatives designed to address specific country issues.
Since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, China offered assistance to countries in need to support their efforts to promote economic and social development, and laid a solid foundation for long-term friendship and cooperation with these countries.
Over the past five years, the South-South Cooperation Assistance Fund established by China has worked closely with a dozen international organizations to implement more than 100 livelihood projects in more than 50 countries, benefiting more than 20 million people.
At this year’s forum, participants explored the potential of the future international human rights system in the face of challenges posed by global issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.
Almost 400 people, including senior officials, experts, academics and diplomatic envoys from more than 100 countries and international organizations, attended the forum online or offline.