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Chinese premier urges joint efforts to promote sustainable development

(Xinhua)

08:21, June 21, 2012

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao delivers a speech at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20 summit) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 20, 2012. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 20 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao here on Wednesday urged the international community to make joint efforts to promote sustainable development, while pledging China's readiness to live up to its responsibilities as a major developing country in this regard.

"To jointly promote sustainable development, we should take a fair, just, open and inclusive approach," said Premier Wen at the three-day UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20 summit), which opened Wednesday.

He stressed that countries around the globe should continue to work as partners, adhere to the Rio Principles, "especially the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities."

He announced that China will contribute 6 million U.S. dollars to a UN Environment Program trust fund for projects and activities that help developing countries raise capacity for environmental protection.

He also promised that China will make available 200 million yuan (31.7 million dollars) for a three-year international project to help small island countries, least developed countries and African countries tackle climate change.

Noting that major progress has been made in meeting the Millennium Development Goals, Wen pointed out that the global process of sustainable development is "not balanced" as the gap between the North and the South is widening and resources and environment related issues remain acute.

"Sustainable development faces new and grave challenges posed by the international financial crisis, climate change, energy and food security and local conflicts," Wen said, adding that "preserving resources and the environment to achieve sustainable development is the only choice we have."

Creating "a green and prosperous world" should be "the ultimate goal we should pursue as we work together to advance the global process of sustainable development," the premier said.

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