by Xinhua writer Ma Jianguo
UNITED NATIONS http://www.calgaryflamesteamstore.com/adidas-lanny-mcdonald-jersey , Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- President of the 72nd Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly Miroslav Lajcak said here Monday he welcomed the fact that China is now playing a leading role in the multilateral system and global affairs.
Lajcak said in an exclusive interview with Xinhua that China has already occupied a significant position as one of the five Permanent Members of the UN Security Council and has emerged as one of the main contributors to the UN budget and financing for development.
China's commitment to establish a ten-year-long, 1-billion-U.S.-dollar China-UN peace and development fund is particularly helpful, Lajcak said.
"I am also heartened by China's pledge to join the new UN Peacekeeping Capability Readiness System (PCRS) and take the lead in setting up a permanent peacekeeping police squad and building a peacekeeping standby force of 8,000 troops," he said.
The UN PCRS aims to liaise between UN headquarters and its member states to ensure "readiness and timely deployment of quality peacekeeping capabilities," said the system's overview.
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The concept of sustaining peace is groundbreaking as it redefines the UN's approach to peace by adopting a long-term perspective and focuses on conflict prevention, he said.
He also said that the notion of sustaining peace stems from a growing understanding that the UN efforts should go beyond addressing the immediate needs of conflict-affected countries, he said, adding that to make peace last, each country like China should have its role to play.
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China was among the first countries to ratify the Paris Agreement and pledged 3.1 billion dollars to the South-South Cooperation Fund on Climate Change, which was an important move for developing countries.
Lajcak said that although multilateralism is being challenged, it remains the best approach to confront shared challenges and achieve joint success. In this modern era, countries cannot face challenges alone, he said.
"The United Nations should serve as a forum to address our common challenges. And it must also be a space to generate solutions for mutual benefit. This is the very essence of what the United Nations is about. We must position the multilateral system to better serve our people and deliver on their aspirations http://www.calgaryflamesteamstore.com/adidas-joe-nieuwendyk-jersey ," Lajcak said.
People are not involved in the negotiation of resolutions, nor do they take the floor at high-level events, so it is one of the tasks of the General Assembly to make sure that their voices can still be heard, he said.
Firefighters and police work at the site of an accident in Millas, near Perpignan, southern France http://www.calgaryflamesteamstore.com/adidas-jaromir-jagr-jersey , on December 14, 2017, after a train crashed into a school bus at a level crossing.
At least four children were killed and 20 people injured, seven seriously, on Thursday when a train crashed into a school bus at a level crossing in southern France.
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"The bus was very badly hit," the public prosecutor in Perpignan, Jean-Jacques Fagny, said.
The dead and critically injured were all travelling in the bus.
France Bleu regional radio reported that the train ploughed into the rear of the bus. Pictures posted on French media showed the bus had been severed in two.
Around 95 emergency workers, backed by four helicopters http://www.calgaryflamesteamstore.com/adidas-gary-roberts-jersey , were deployed as part of the rescue effort. The crash site was cordoned off to the media.
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who flew to Millas by helicopter, said the process of identifying the victims was "extremely difficult".
Twenty four people were caught up in the accident, including 20 children aged from 13 to 17, said Philippe.
The prime minister confirmed four deaths and said 11 of the injured were in critical condition with another nine in serious conditions in hospitals in the region.
"The priority at this stage is to be able to give precise information to the families," Philippe said.
Speaking to reporters http://www.calgaryflamesteamstore.com/adidas-freddie-hamilton-jersey , local prosecutor Jean-Jacques Fagni said the four dead children had yet to be identified while local governor Philippe Vignes described "a real war scene".
The local L'Independant paper cited one of the rail passengers, named only as Barbara, as saying the impact "was very powerful and we thought the train was going to derail".
The reason for the collision was unclear but an enquiry into "involuntary homicide" was swiftly opened.
A source close to the enquiry said witness questioning was underway and the drivers of the bus and train would be tested for alcohol and drugs.
'Vision of horror'
Robert Olive, mayor of neighbouring Saint-Feliu-d'Amont, Robert Olive, described the scene as a "vision of horror".
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The national railway operator SNCF told AFP that "according to witnesses, the level crossing was working as normal" but that an investigation would be carried out to confirm the cause.
The families of the children rushed to the scene to try to get news of their loves ones, an AFP reporter at the scene witnessed.
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