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Chinese FM meets president of UN General Assembly(06/24/09 )

UNITED NATIONS, June 24 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations should make its voice on fighting the global financial crisis and let the international society hear the concerns of the developing countries, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said here Wednesday.

In a meeting with Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann, the president of the 63rd session of the UN General Assembly, on the sideline of the ongoing UN conference on global economic and financial crisis, Yang said with the growing spread of the global financial crisis, the world economy has fallen into recession.

As the biggest victims of the crisis, the developing countries are facing with both internal economic difficulties and deteriorating external environment for development, Yang said.

"The United Nations, as the most universal, representative and authoritative international intergovernmental organization, should make its own voice on fighting the crisis, especially let the international society hear and attach great importance to the concerns and requests of developing countries," he said.

He said China hopes the high-level meeting can accumulate consensus and release positive signals of the international cooperation on fighting the crisis.

Besides, the meeting should focus on the impacts the crisis has cast on development, call for further expansion of investment into development and safeguard the development resources so to make sure the realization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Moreover, the meeting could help step up the reform of international financial institutions, said Yang.

D'escoto expressed his appreciation for Chinese government's support for the conference, saying it is of great significance.

He said within the concerted efforts of member countries including China, they have reached consensus on the final outcome document of the conference and will implement a series of following actions.

D'escoto said the United Nations will continue to exert influence on addressing the international financial crisis in a bid to promote the realization of the MDGs and the global development. 

The high-level meeting, kicked off Wednesday morning in the UN headquarters, is the first time for the UN to hold a high-level meeting on the economic and financial crisis in its history. Some 120 countries out of 192 UN members attended the three-day meeting.


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