United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development


Talking Points of the Chinese Delegation on the Green Economy
Jan.10-11, 2011
Mr. President,
The Chinese delegation associates itself with the statement of the G77 and
China. I’d like to stress the following points on this item:
First, developing green economy can save energy, reduce emission, utilize
resources more effectively and open new areas of economic development.
Countries should implement policy measures that are favorable to green
development, build operational mechanisms that can strike a balance
between economic and social development on the one hand and resources
and environmental conservation on the other, maximize the sustainability of
resource utilization and steadily improve ecological environment so as to
promote economic development and social progress, thus contributing to the
attainment of the MDGs.
Secondly, the green economy is not a substitute for sustainable development.
Although developing green economy has become an important trend, there is
currently no uniform understanding and definition of the content of the green
economy. For the purpose of achieving balanced economic and social
development and eradicating poverty, sustainable development remains an
effective model that has been widely accepted and endorsed by countries of
the world and international organizations. Developing green economy
should be regarded as a means to achieve sustainable development and the
three pillars of sustainable development should enjoy equal attention and
should be pushed forward in parallel.
Thirdly, the international community should create an enabling environment
for green development and resolutely oppose the practice of “green
protectionism” under the pretext of environmental protection. Special
attention should be given to preventing measures in areas of trade and
finance that are restrictive to and discriminatory against the developing
countries. Countries vary in their stage and level of development, so there is
no “one size fits all” model of the green economy. It is necessary to grant
adequate policy space to the developing countries, respect the policy
measures they have taken based on their specific national conditions and
respect their right to autonomously allocate and utilize their own natural
resources. The developed countries should, by means of technological
transfer, financial assistance and market access, especially ODA, help the
developing countries foster the green economy and realize balanced
economic and social development.
Thank you, Mr. President.