UN commends China for reducing extreme poverty
By Moses Kuwema
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said China’s success in reducing extreme poverty offers rich lessons for realizing Sustainable Development Goals.
In a video message on Thursday, Secretary-General Guterres told an international conference on poverty alleviation; China's Rationale, today, that the gathering offered a valuable forum to learn more about China’s vital efforts to eradicate poverty, achieve structural transformation that left no one behind.
"China has pursued a range of policies that has boosted investments in national productive capacities, agriculture and rural development — particularly infrastructure, social protection, health and educational services. This approach contributed to increasing productivity, created jobs and lifted millions of people out of extreme poverty in line with the Government’s 2020 target," Secretary-General Guterres said. "This success showcases the importance of determined political leadership and commitment at the highest levels to ending extreme rural poverty. As the world works to reignite efforts to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals, I am hopeful that this international conference will help to share the lessons learned from the Chinese experience. Let’s keep working together to foster greater international cooperation to eradicate poverty in all its forms and leave no one behind."