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China to set up Geospatial Knowledge Center

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China recently announced a series of measures to support the UN in playing the core role in international affairs, including setting up of a Global Geospatial Knowledge and Innovation Center.

Chinese President Xi Jinping said in an address delivered via video link to the General Debate of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly that the country will provide additional financial support of 50 million U.S. dollars to the COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan of the UN and establish a third-phase South-South Cooperation Trust Fund with the Food and Agriculture Organization totaling 50 million U.S. dollars.

Xi announced a five-year extension to the China-UN Peace and Development Fund, which had been due to expire in 2025. He added that China will also set up a UN Global Geospatial Knowledge and Innovation Center and an International Research Center of Big Data for Sustainable Development Goals, which will facilitate the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Chinese president said that China will continue to be a builder of world peace, a contributor to global development and a defender of the international order. His exhortation urged for global solidarity and commitment to common values of mankind such as peace, development, fairness, justice, democracy and freedom.