Bilawal stresses the need to ensure food security and improve energy production

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Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari. — AFP/File
  • Bilawal reaffirms Pakistan’s determination to strengthen its all-weather strategic cooperative partnership with China.
  • The Minister of Foreign Affairs addresses a high-level meeting of the Group of Friends of the Global Development Initiative.
  • Expresses its deep concern over the reversal of progress in the implementation of the SDGs.

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Monday urged the Group of Friends of the Global Development Initiative (GDI) to address the challenges facing developing countries.

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Bilawal participated in a high-level meeting of the Group of Friends of GDI, where he stressed the need to address challenges in order to support emergency actions to increase cooperation in public affairs. equity in health and vaccines, ensure food security, improve energy production, promote the global green economy, boost trade and industrialization and close the digital divide.

In his video address, the Minister of Foreign Affairs appreciated China’s initiative to launch the GDI and called it a useful platform to accelerate and coordinate efforts to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). agreed globally.

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“Recalling the multiple crises posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and geopolitical developments, with disproportionate and devastating impacts on countries in the Global South, the Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed deep concern over the reversal of progress in implementing the SDGs,” the statement said. .

Bilawal, noting that multiple crises have widened the development finance gap, called on the international community to mobilize adequate resources for the SDGs and meet the commitment to provide at least $100 billion a year in climate finance.

He reaffirmed Pakistan’s determination to further strengthen its all-weather strategic cooperative partnership with China, including the early implementation of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship project of the Belt and Road Initiative. Road” (BRI).

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“Pakistan will continue its efforts to strengthen cooperation with China through CPEC, to advance its national implementation of the SDGs, in addition to actively participating in the work of the GDI Group of Friends to promote the common aspiration to a peaceful, prosperous and shared future for all mankind,” the Foreign Office said.

Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping introduced the Global Development Initiative during his speech at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2021.

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In January 2022, China launched a GDI Friends Group in New York – joined by Pakistan and more than 50 other countries – as an informal cooperation and coordination mechanism to enhance political dialogue, share best practices and promote practical cooperation on achieving the SDGs to advance GDI’s goals.

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