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China shares experience on poverty reduction at UN Human Rights Council Social Forum
October 12,2020   By:en.humanrights.cn
Oct.12,2020 -- The 2020 Social Forum of the UN Human Rights Council focusing on poverty and inequality was held in Geneva, Switzerland on Oct.8th.
Chen Zhigang, Deputy Director of the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development, delivered a speech online to introduce China’s experience and achievementsin poverty alleviation.
Chen pointed out that respect for and protection of human rights is the common pursuit of humankind. Poverty alleviation is an important part of human rights protection. The Communist Party of China and the Chinese government havealways put people’s rights to subsistence and development first and made unrelenting efforts to cut poverty. 
He introduced the effective measures China has taken to combat poverty and the achievements made in this respect through images, data and vivid examples. From 2012 to 2019, the number of people in poverty dropped from 98.99 million to 5.51 million. The infrastructure and public service capacity in poverty-stricken areas have been significantly upgraded.
Chen said that 2020 marks the last year forChina to eliminate absolute poverty and build a moderately prosperous society in all respects. Facing the outbreak of coronavirus, China has actively taken measures on multiple fronts such as employment, industries, and finance. As the country has largely contained the spread of the pandemic, it will achieve the goal of poverty alleviation on schedule.
The Social Forum, as an important mechanism of the Human Rights Council, is held every year to discuss the issues oneconomic, social and cultural rights. The forum lasted for two days and more than 350 representatives across the world joined the event either online or in person.
By:Zhou Tianyu
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