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UN chief lauds China invitation of AU in G20

By  Ikenna Emewu  (People's Daily Online)    18:54, September 04, 2016

Sunday morning at Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province of China at the G20 Summit, the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon expressed his support and approval for the invitation of the Africa Union (AU) by the host country, China, to attend the summit of the world’s biggest economies.

Ban who would be leaving office in the next three months also fortified his call and that of the world body for the actualization of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of the body.

He made this known in his media address at the event Media Centre that hosts over 2000 journalists from several countries.

He noted that at the last General Assembly of the UN he would be chairing as the chief executive that commences on September 24, he would want to use the opportunity to re-emphasize the benefits the world would have in working and actualizing the goals for eradication of poverty especially among the poorer nations.

Ban praised President Xi Jinping of China for inviting the largest number of non-members of the G20 to the on-going summit in its history. He noted that such step was commendable and also demonstrates China’s commitment to assist in fighting poverty in the world. China had invited the African Union, two African nations and some three others from Asia and South America to attend the body as non-members in its resolve that it wants the G20 hosted by her as platform to push the bigger economies to do more for the poor countries of the world.

In the address, Ban called on the member states of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which are actually the developed and capital exporting countries to do more and assist the UN fight poverty in the world.

He said: “Most times, it is so easy to announce that we want to fight poverty and make the world a better, safer and happier place. But in action, it’s always far tougher, so it’s always commendable to appreciate those richer countries that truly work to the action. That is why I am happy that China took this step through the hosting of the G20.”

He also commended President Barack Obama of the USA and President Xi for signing the Paris Agreement on Climate Change that targets to reduce carbon emission and make the world safer.

He said since the two contribute to about 30% of the world carbon emission through industrial production, it was a great move they made to ratify the treaty.

“Their bold move was encouraging and a source of inspiration to the whole world to join in making that covenant a reality for a better world climate.

“At the UN General Assembly later this month, which will be my last, I have resolved to do my best and get the document ratified by the remaining 29 countries required to bring it into force. With that in place, we would be sure that with compliance the world would be walking towards better climate.”

Ban further restated the resolve of the UN to fight against inequality everywhere in the world and the task to ensure the respect for human rights and the efforts of all countries for more peace and cessation of conflicts listing Syria, South Sudan and other hot spots of crises as the major problems and tasks of the world body.

He also commended Myanmar, Colombia and Sri Lanka for the attainment of peace in the recent past weeks. 

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