Chinese Ambassador Zhao Yanbo Attends Launch of the 2019 State of World Population Report

Source:From Chinese Embassy in Botswana 2019-06-12

 

On 5th June 2019, H.E. Chinese Ambassador Dr. Zhao Yanbo attended the launching ceremony of the 2019 State of World Population Report and gave a statement of China's population and development policies at the invitation of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Botswana. Ms. Ruth Maphorisa, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Health and Wellness, Ms. Beatrice Mutali, UNFPA Botswana Country Director, Ms. Mareledi Segotso, UNFPA Assistant Representative in Botswana and about 100 representatives of foreign missions, international organizations and NGOs also attended the event.

In his statement, Ambassador Zhao said that as the most populous country in the world, China has formulated and implemented a population policy based on China's reality and successfully found its own way of dealing with the population and development issue in the long-term practice of economic and social development. With great achievements in areas such as poverty eradication, health care, education and women empowerment, the Chinese people's rights to subsistence and development and their rights in the economic, social and cultural fields have been notably improved. In the mean time, China has actively conducted population and development cooperation with international organizations like UNFPA and relevant countries, and took concrete actions in support of Botswana and other developing countries' efforts in economic development and improvement of people's livelihood. China will continue to improve and perfect its own population policies and practices and contribute its experience to the global efforts in this regard.

Permanent Secretary Ms. Maphorisa introduced Botswana's progress in the area of population and development and officially lunched the the 2019 State of World Population Report with Ms. Segotso. The host also presented a video in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, Egypt and held a panel discussion on how Botswana can better harness its demographic dividend and protect the rights of women and girls.

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