China calls on UN to prioritize financial resources for development – Xinhua

Photo taken on Sept. 14, 2020 shows the exterior view of the United Nations headquarters in New York, the United States. (Xinhua/Wang Ying)

“We hope that the (UN) Secretariat can optimize the budget allocation to ensure that development is a priority with adequate and sustainable financial resources, to address the real difficulties and concerns of developing countries, and to promote the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” said a Chinese envoy.

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) — China hopes the United Nations can prioritize its financial resources for development to better reflect the needs and concerns of developing countries, a senior official said on Wednesday. Chinese envoy.

Cheng Lie, adviser to the Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations, made the remarks during a meeting of the Fifth Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, during which the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, presented the program plan and proposed program budget for 2023 of the world corps.

In the current situation, vast developing countries face greater challenges in economic recovery and look forward to greater support from the United Nations. However, the budget level of development sections has increased too little to reflect the demand and appeal of developing countries, Cheng said.

“We hope that the (UN) Secretariat can optimize the budget allocation to ensure that development is a priority with adequate and sustainable financial resources, to address the real difficulties and concerns of developing countries, and to promote the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” the adviser said.

China notes with concern that under Section 24, the Secretariat is for the first time including resources to implement mandates that should be adopted in the name of new and expanded mandates, Cheng noted.

Prejudging the mandate of the General Assembly or the UN Human Rights Council and investing potential resources in the budget section goes against the basic principle of “mandate first, program second, budget last,” he said.

The program plans approved by the General Assembly form the basis of the program budget, which mirrors the program plans from a financial point of view. They generally ensure that the United Nations would be able to accurately implement the mandates and priorities of member states. Neither should be undermined or ignored. Any change in the budget modality should not weaken or sever intermediary relationships, Cheng said.

Louis R. Hancock