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Sunday, August 28, 2016, 09:25

UN chief praises China's G20 leadership

By Xinhua

Meanwhile, the secretary-general said that he also wanted to commend China for inviting many developing countries' heads of state and government to join the discussion and for taking the G20 summit to another level of inclusiveness.

Invited to the Hangzhou summit are such developing countries as Chad, chair of the African Union; Laos, chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations; Senegal, chair of the New Partnership for Africa's Development; Thailand, chair of the G77; Egypt and Kazakhstan.

The Chinese move will make the Hangzhou summit the most representative of developing countries in G20 history.

The secretary-general stressed that the summit participants need to make serious efforts in addressing the current global economic difficulties.

"I hope that the G20 leaders will really address these global governance issues. The United Nations will be fully joining," he said, adding that China has been showing leadership, and is leading by example.

"And I deeply appreciate to see on my last G20 summit as the secretary-general of the United Nations that we work together with a common aim," said Ban, whose second five-year term will end on Dec. 31, 2016.

Meanwhile, the UN chief said the summit represented a great opportunity for G20 leaders and others to show leadership in accelerating the ratification process of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Ban said that they are working very hard to ensure the climate change agreement will take effect at an early date.

At present, 22 countries have already ratified the Paris Agreement, Ban said. The climate change accord needs 55 nations that together account for at least 55 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions to ratify the agreement before it can enter into force.

Expressing his gratitude to China for promising to finalize domestic legal procedure needed for the ratification of the pact before the G20 Summit, Ban said "That is very encouraging news. I hope that many countries, particularly those of the G20 countries, will follow the Chinese leadership."

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