G'77 – a strong voice for billions of poor, hungry and vulnerable: SG

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Ban Ki-moon

The Group of 77 can help the United Nations effectively use multilateralism as a force for change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in remarks to the opening of the 37th annual meeting of the G'77 Ministers of Foreign Affairs.

The Secretary-General said the G77 has pushed poverty eradication up on the global agenda and has shown the power of South-South cooperation to drive economic growth.

” You are a strong voice for billions of people who are poor, hungry and vulnerable. The G77 can make or break negotiations on contentious issues. This is especially critical now as we make a final push to reach the Millennium Development Goals – and shape a vision for the post-2015 agenda. The G77 and China have been working hard to achieve progress on both fronts. I thank you for your strong support – and I urge you to do more now. Stay engaged. Aim high. Hold other countries to their promises.”

Secretary-General Ban urged the G'77 to help create a universal development agenda organized around a new global partnership for development, based on equity, cooperation and accountability with firm roots in human rights.

He said he will fully support the G77 in protecting the interests of developing countries.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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