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Bainimarama calls for G77 unity

Tevita Vuibau
Thursday, January 17, 2013

PRIME Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has called on the 132 G77 member states to unite and ensure the United Nations is not reduced to a mere administrative body or one that seeks to serve a minority.

He made the comments while accepting chairmanship of the G77 - the largest inter-governmental organisation of developing countries in the UN - from previous holders, Algeria.

"Fiji is committed to supporting the G77's efforts to preserve the spirit of the UN Charter and to make the UN a more effective forum for confronting and resolving the challenges developing nations face in today's world," Commodore Bainimarama said.

"These challenges have expanded significantly in recent years and a number of our demands remain unanswered," he said.

He acknowledged the great diversity of the G77 and China but reminded member states the best way to advance their combined interests was to present a common front.

"Development issues pertaining to the global economic agenda can only be advanced through multilateral processes and negotiations.

"Our collective interests and the successful pursuit of these interests depend on our ability to effectively mobilise our members in various forums and to maintain the most unified positions possible whenever our common development goals are at stake."

He said the global challenges facing the G77 countries required better co-operation and co-ordination.

"To this end, we will continue to strengthen our cooperation with the Non-Aligned Movement through the Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC) in order to reinforce our positions on issues of common interest.

"In this context, our group will need to continue to defend the diverse and inclusive nature of the United Nations - the only permanent institution with a universal and global agenda - from efforts that seek to reduce it merely to an administrative body on the one hand, or that seeks to make it serve the interests of a minority on the other."


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