Nigeria: Seminar On "United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria - China-Nigeria Relations As a Framework" Was Held in Lagos

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria China Nigeria Relations As a FrameworkOn 11 November 2015, the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Nigeria and the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) jointly hosted a seminar with the theme of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria: China-Nigeria Relations as a Framework in Lagos. Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria Mr. Gu Xiaojie, Chinese Consul General in Lagos Mr. Liu Kan, Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives of Nigeria Hon. Nnenna Eledu-Ukeji, Director General of NIIA Prof. Bola A. Akinterinwa, Former Nigerian Permanent Representative to UN Chief Arthur Mbanefo and Former Nigerian Ambassador to Germany Prof. Akinjide Osuntokun attended the seminar and presented speeches. Around 130 guests from Nigerian government, legislative body, military, business circles, think-tanks, media and Chinese companies in Nigeria were also present at the occasion.

In his speech, Chinese Ambassador Gu Xiaojie introduced the initiatives announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping during the UN Sustainable Development Summit series last September and the views of China on peace, development, civilization and international order. Ambassador Gu elaborated on China's proposed 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) for National Economic and Social Development and the idea on development. Gu listed the contributions made by the Chinese Government to fulfill the UN Millennium Development Goals, and stated the principle, position and proposal of the Chinese side on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Gu emphasized that China is committed to achieving mutual benefits and common development of the international community, including the developing countries.

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