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Fiji chairs G77

Ban Ki-moon praises progress By MAIKA BOLATIKI The ministerial meeting of the Group of 77 and China in New York yesterday endorsed Fiji as its chair for 2013. This was
30 Sep 2012 10:17

Ban Ki-moon
praises progress

By MAIKA BOLATIKI

The ministerial meeting of the Group of 77 and China in New York yesterday endorsed Fiji as its chair for 2013.
This was confirmed to the Fiji Sun yesterday by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.
In his address at the 67th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Ratu Inoke said: “I am pleased to say that at today’s Ministerial meeting of the Group of 77 and China, Fiji was endorsed as the Chair of the G77 for the year 2013.”
Ratu Inoke said Fiji has taken on this responsibility with a deep sense of humility, willingness to work collaboratively  with all States and commitment to addressing inequalities that exist between developing and developed countries.
“The Fijian Government is very grateful for the collective confidence the G77 had shown in entrusting Fiji with the 2013 chairmanship.”
According Ratu Inoke Fiji was nominated by the Asia-Pacific Group of the United Nations. With 132 Member States, the G77 is the largest intergovernmental organization of developing countries in the United Nations.
Ratu Inoke assured the Ministerial Meeting that Fiji would spare no effort to fulfil the obligations and functions that come with the burden of chairmanship.
He pledged that Fiji would discharge the responsibilities of the Chair with honour, integrity and in a manner worthy of the trust of the Member States of the Group of 77 and China.
He noted it was matter of pride for the Pacific Island region that for the first time in the 48-year history of G77, there would be a G77 Chair in 2013 from one of the PSIDS (Pacific Small Island Developing Countries).
He expressed Fiji’s admiration for the high standards being set by the current G77 Chair, Algeria and said it was Fiji’s intention to build on Algeria’s many achievements in promoting the common agenda of the G77 and strengthening the Group’s solidarity.
The president of the General Assembly, Vuk Jeremic, and the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, were present at the Ministerial Meeting and congratulated Ratu Inoke on Fiji’s election to the 2013 G77 Chair.
The Group of 77 and China was established in 1964 by 77 developing countries, signatories of the “Joint Declaration of the Seventy-Seven Countries” issued at the end of the first session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva.
The G77 provides the means for the developing countries to articulate and promote their collective economic interests and enhance their joint negotiating capacity on all major international economic issues within the United Nations system.
The G77 actively promotes South-South co-operation for development.




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