New York, July 10, 2014
At the last day of the High Level Policy Forum on Sustainable Development, China was granted the floor to shed some light on their view on Sustainable Development. Mr. Li Penge, representing his Minister H.E. Mr. Wang Li, courageously dealt with the slides advancing much faster than the words on his paper. His presentation can be watched here, slides are copied below.
China wants to 1) favour ecological progress over development progress which will need 2) a favourable policy environment expressed in 3) common but differentiated responsibilities with 4) due attention to social issues while 5) investing in innovation of thinking, models and methods. This summarizes China's 5 pillars for sustainable development. These pillars were already presented by Mr. Wang Li at the first HLPF
"The key is to respect the law of nature, follow nature's will, and foster a sound interaction between economic growth, social progress and environmental protection."
H.E. Wang Li at 1st High-Level Policy Forum on Sustainable Development
At the first HLPF already Minister Wang Li himself pledged massive support to Small Island Countries and least developed countries, including a grant of US$ 500.000 towards the organization of the Third International Conference on Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States to be organized in Samoa this year and already frequently referenced by the President of ECOSOC and also featuring prominently on the agenda of the HLPF. China's priorities cannot be ingored and for China the Small Island Developing States are the nearest bridge towards the developing world.