South Africa takes G77 leadershipby SAVIOUS KWINIKA
PRETORIA – SOUTH Africa welcomed its assumption of the leadership role at the United Nations’ Group of 77 (G77).
South Africa, representing Africa is taking over the chairmanship position from Bolivia, a south American country.
Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Luwellyn Landers, said he was thrilled by the honour that bestowed to South Africa at such international level.
“I would like to thank the members of the G77 most for placing its trust and confidence in South Africa.
“After 50 distinguished years, the G77 remains all the more relevant, specifically at this important juncture when the international community is considering our collective development aspirations beyond 2015,” Landers said.
Landers also paid special tribute to the President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Evo Morales Ayma, for the stewardship of the G77 and China during 2014.
He stated that South Africa would continue Bolivia’s legacy by ensuring they collectively enhance the development agenda of the South.
Among other new responsibilities, South Africa would negotiate and speak on behalf of two-thirds of the UN membership on key development issues.
The G77 is the largest coalition of developing countries in the United Nations, which provides the means for the countries of the South to articulate and promote their collective economic interests and enhance their joint negotiating capacity on all major international economic and development issues in the UN system, promote South-South co-operation and strengthen economic and technical co-operation among developing countries themselves.
– CAJ News
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