Beijing, 22 January 2022 (TDI): Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the Global Development Initiative (GDI) at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The GDI will aim to push toward inclusive and synchronized growth as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on. Xi Jinping proposed this plan late last year and welcomed all countries to join this initiative.

The Global Development Initiative calls for greener, balanced, and more robust global development. It also includes speeding up the implementation of the UN 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

“We need to foster global development partnerships that are more equal and balanced, forge greater synergy among multilateral development cooperation processes, and speed up the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” -President Xi Jinping

He also added that he was committed to putting the people first by working towards improving their livelihoods and protecting and promoting human rights. The initiative upholds the idea of putting people at the center.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that the UN fully supports the Global Development Initiative. According to a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Wang Wenbin, the initiative has received a “warm” reception from the international community, with developing countries supporting it the most and developed countries expressing an interest in adopting it.

President Xi Jinping said that China strives to peak carbon emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060 and that China will help step up support for developing countries by helping them develop low carbon and green energy and will completely seize the construction of coal-fired power plants overseas. This will require great effort.

Lastly, he added that the world needs to come together in poverty alleviation, COVID-19 response with developing vaccines, and food security. Additionally, the world needs to increase input in development, fight climate change, move towards a green economy and ensure digital connectivity while also accelerating the implementation of the UN 2030 agenda.