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China’s Belt and Road Forum.

Reflect on Opportunities to Achieve SDGs.

Speaking to Chinese President Xi Jinping and dozens of other state leaders at the second International Road Belt Forum, Guterres urged the international community to “come together” to mobilize resources to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Precipitated Climate Change. “

“China’s leadership in climate action is helping to lead the way,” said the UN chief, noting the government’s $ 125 billion investment in renewables in 2017.

He pledged support for United Nations country teams – including United Nations agencies, foundations and programs operating in one country – stating that the pillars of the Belt and Roads Initiative are linked to the 17 SDGs, including the fight against terrorism. extreme poverty and hunger, and can result in: “Real progress for people.”

It also means helping to fill funding gaps for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, he said, noting that nearly $ 1 trillion was needed for infrastructure investments in developing countries.

At the global level, Mr. Guterres said that countries today need a way to move from an “unsustainable gray fossil fuel economy to a clean, green, low-carbon energy future”.

Noting that at least 75% of the infrastructure the world needs by 2050 is yet to be built, Guterres paid tribute to China for its investments in job creation and renewable energy technologies.

“I see the Belt and Road Initiative as an important space where ecological principles can be reflected in green action,” he told the Forum.

Earlier, it was noted that there is now “a unique opportunity to build a new generation of climate-resilient and people-centered cities and public transport systems, as well as energy networks prioritizing low-carbon emissions. and sustainability “

During his visit to Beijing, Guterres, joined by Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General at the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), will meet President Xi in a two-to-one other senior official. On Saturday, he will participate in a round table on the promotion of green and sustainable development.

Earlier, it was noted that there is now “a unique opportunity to build a new generation of climate-resilient and people-centered cities and public transport systems, as well as energy networks prioritizing low-carbon emissions. and sustainability “

Source: United Nations.