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Fiji hands over G77 chair to Bolivia

Tevita Vuibau
Friday, January 10, 2014

FIJI has officially handed over the chairmanship of the G77 to Bolivia after one year at the helm of the United Nations' largest voting bloc.

Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola made the handover on behalf of the country and thanked the group of nations for giving Fiji the opportunity to lead.

"A year ago, you gave Fiji the great privilege of chairing the Group of 77 and China for 2013," Ratu Inoke said.

"In taking on that momentous role, we committed our country to honour the great responsibilities you put upon us, with full respect for the duties entailed, holding the group's interest sacrosanct during Fiji's chairmanship."

Ratu Inoke said Fiji's chairmanship of the G77 and China coincided with a challenging agenda in the UN, with some issues like follow-up processes to the Rio+20 conference and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 needing to be resolved.

"It was also a year when we had to decide on the UN budget for the biennium 2014-15 in the face of severe financial constraints."

Ratu Inoke said this challenge was also reflected in Fiji as chair of the G77 convening more than 400 co-ordination meetings of experts of the UN's various committees in 2013.

"The chair also convened 26 G77 ambassadorial meetings during the year, and prepared and delivered more than 150 statements on behalf of the group."

He told the group that Fiji ministers representing the G77 had participated at special events and meetings and events around the world to protect and advance the interests of the group.

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