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China urged to share success story with world

By ZHOU WA  (China Daily)

08:18, April 02, 2013

Khalid Malik, director of the Human Development Report Office of the United nations development programme (Photo/ China Daily)

Developing economies that have experienced dynamic growth are reshaping the world and should share this success with their partners, a UN official said.

Khalid Malik, director of the Human Development Report Office of the United Nations Development Programme, told China Daily that more than 40 developing economies, including China and the other four BRICS countries, have done better than expected in terms of human development.

A UN official who worked in China for seven years, Malik affirmed the country's progress in human development, a concept that includes poverty reduction and infrastructure modernization.

Malik said that China will face the challenge of balancing economic growth with environmental concerns and social development.

China, together with other developing economies, must address the issues of aging, the environment and inequality to sustain current progress, Malik said, urging Beijing to share its experience with other developing countries.

To tackle these issues, the government should pay more attention to the policies that focus on human development, he added.

China has now lifted more than 510 million people out of poverty since 1990 and has seen the proportion of the population living on less than $1.25 a day fall from 60.2 percent in 1990 to 13.1 percent in 2005.

Through these efforts, the UN's Millennium Development Goal target of halving poverty relative to 1990 levels was met three years before the 2015 deadline.

Malik's remarks were echoed by the newly released UNDP's 2013 Human Development Report, which was initiated in 1990 and uses income, public health and education as factors to measure the comprehensive development level of countries.

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