Press Release

Ministry of Commerce and United Nations in China co-host the Inaugural Meeting of the Joint Steering Committee of UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework

24 May 2022

24 May, BEIJING - The inaugural meeting of the Joint Steering Committee (“JSC”) of the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework for China (2021-2025) (“UNSDCF”) was held yesterday under the joint chairmanship of the Vice Minister of Commerce and the UN Resident Coordinator. The meeting saw the strong participation of representatives of the Government of China and the UN Country Team in China.

Participants at Joint Steering Committee
Caption: Participants at Joint Steering Committee

In their opening remarks, Vice Minister of Commerce and Deputy China International Trade Representative Wang Shouwen and UN Resident Coordinator Siddharth Chatterjee reiterated the importance of the JSC as the highest governing structure for the implementation of UNSDCF in China. They highlighted the opportunity provided by the Committee to strengthen the UN-China collaboration and guide the programmatic work of the Organization in the country.

“Under the guidance of the UNSDCF, China and UN development agencies will further deepen cooperation, support China’s economic development, and help the world better achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. MOFCOM is willing to continue coordinating with relevant Chinese government departments and work with the UN development system for the effective implementation of the UNSDCF.” said Wang Shouwen, Vice Minister of Commerce and Deputy China International Trade Representative.

Vice Minister Wang put forward three proposals to enhance China-UN collaboration, including: i) to deliver on commitments and enhance demonstration effect under the three priorities of the Cooperation Framework, including People and Prosperity, Planet, and Partnerships; ii) to innovate more and harvest more, tapping into UN’s expertise, experts and global networks, and scaling up collaboration with China in digital economy, climate change, renewable energy, etc.; and iii) to strengthen experience sharing and promote common development between China and other developing countries.

Wang Shouwen, Vice Minister of Commerce
Caption: Wang Shouwen, Vice Minister of Commerce and Deputy China International Trade Representative

“The UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed has said that ‘we have to flip the orthodoxy’ for the repositioning of the UN. This is the core spirit of the UN development system reforms. It is the core mandate of the JSC to identify areas and new opportunities to ensure our work remains relevant and adds value to what China and others are doing already in the development area.” said Siddharth Chatterjee, UN Resident Coordinator in China.

Siddharth Chatterjee, UN Resident Coordinator
Caption: Siddharth Chatterjee, UN Resident Coordinator

The inaugural meeting also featured panel discussions during which the chairs of the Results Groups and the Thematic Groups under the UNSDCF reported on the progress on the implementation of the Cooperation Framework. Speakers highlighted the results achieved over the course of the past year under the three priorities of the framework. Representatives of the Government of China, including from the Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Health Commission, All-China’s Women’s Federation and Ministry of Ecology and Environment provided their guidance for the work of the UN in China going forward.

Beate Trankmann, UNDP Resident Representative reporting for the Partnerships Results Group
Caption: Beate Trankmann, UNDP Resident Representative reporting for the Partnerships Results Group

In closing the event, Director-General Yu Benlin of the Department of International Trade and Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Commerce and the UN Resident Coordinator Chatterjee agreed that the UN and the Government of China will continue to work in lockstep to implement the Cooperation Framework. They also underscored the opportunity to leverage China’s resources and experiences to the benefit of other developing countries, in response to their needs, with a view to support them in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals and realize a more sustainable and just future.

Yu Benlin, Director-General, Ministry of Commerce
Caption: Yu Benlin, Director-General, Ministry of Commerce

The next JSC meeting will take place in the spring of 2023.

 

For further information, please contact:

Louise Xi LI, Head of Communications, UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in China

Tel: +8610-85320725, Email: xi.li@un.org    

Ministry of Commerce and United Nations in China co-host the Inaugural Meeting of the Joint Steering Committee of UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework

UN entities involved in this initiative

FAO
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
ICAO
International Civil Aviation Organization
IFAD
International Fund for Agricultural Development
ILO
International Labour Organization
IOM
International Organization for Migration
RCO
United Nations Resident Coordinator Office
UN ESCAP-CSAM
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific/Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization
UN Global Compact
United Nations Global Compact
UN Women
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
UN-Habitat
United Nations Human Settlements Programme
UNAIDS
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
UNDP
United Nations Development Programme
UNEP
United Nations Environment Programme
UNESCO
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
UNFPA
United Nations Population Fund
UNHCR
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
UNICEF
United Nations Children’s Fund
UNIDO
United Nations Industrial Development Organization
UNU-Macau
United Nations University Institute in Macau
UNV
United Nations Volunteers
WFP
World Food Programme
WHO
World Health Organization
WIPO
World Intellectual Property Organization