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Bainimarama calls on UN for progress of south

Felix Chaudhary
Thursday, May 09, 2013

PRIME Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama described the interactive dialogue achieved during the historic Group of 77 plus China Panel of Eminent Personalities of the South meeting at Natadola as "full and substantive".

In his closing remarks, Commodore Bainimarama called on the UN to give issues in developing countries more priority.

"There was a high level of agreement that South-South co-operation can produce greater results and that time has come to invest more efforts and resources into this co-operation," he said.

"In this regard, we call on the UN system and all development partners to make it a priority to promote South-South co-operation in order to secure real progress in countries of the South."

He added that co-operation between developing nations was a key element in the development agenda of G77 countries and emphasised the need for developed nations to assist them financially and technically.

"We have also emphasised that the obligation of the North to financially and technically support the South remains.

"Thus in the interests of global harmony, equity and development, we must strengthen the development commitments of North-South, South-South and triangular co-operation.

"We have agreed that the current international architecture needs to be restructured in order to respond to the new realities and opportunities for development.

"We have also agreed on the need to reinforce the co-ordination of developing countries in our policy and joint negotiating positions on major issues in the international agenda."