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Sharing China's poverty alleviation experience

By Helen Clark (People's Daily Overseas Edition)

16:57, October 25, 2011

Edited and Translated by People's Daily Online

The whole world has always been interested in the experience and inspiration behind China's poverty alleviation work. China succeeded in helping more than 550 million Chinese shake off the bonds of extreme poverty in four decades between 1981 and 2005 — the fastest development pace in human history.

Thanks to China's outstanding performance and its large population, the world has made strides in reducing by half the number of people living in extreme poverty between 1990 and 2015. According to a report by the World Bank, among the 84 countries covered by the Millennium Development Goals, only 45 countries could fulfill their goals as scheduled.

About two-thirds of impoverished people in the world live in middle-income countries. And they are mainly rural residents, those living in slums, indigenous peoples, minority ethnic people, the disabled and AIDS patients. Many Millennium Development Goals show that the impoverished female is in a far worse situation than the impoverished male. Globally, people are also worried about the lack of development opportunities for impoverished youths.

However, inclusive economic development is achievable through policy adjustments. In order to eliminate poverty, governments must ensure that marginalized people can enjoy fair employment opportunities, public services and social welfare. When developing related policies, governments must pay equal attention to fairness and people's desire to express their opinions, to pursue their dreams and to participate in the decision-making process.

China is exerting a more crucial impact on sustainable global economic growth and the development of the Millennium Development Goals through its decisions and actions than ever before. The United Nations must work with the Chinese government to achieve the goals of reducing poverty in China and the rest of the world as well as promoting green, inclusive and sustainable development across the globe.

The global population is about to exceed 7 billion people this month, and stable supplies of food, water and other necessary resources will remain crucial to a peaceful future for the entire world. As China continues to promote the people's comprehensive development, it will set a good example for other countries in achieving peace and prosperity.


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