2014 is an important year for the UN as Bolivia assumes Chairmanship of G'77: Ambassador Ashe

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President of the UN General Assembly, Ambassador John Ashe

Bolivia's tenure as chair of the Group of 77 developing countries comes at a time when multilateralism is needed at the international level, President of the UN General Assembly Ambassador John Ashe said in remarks at the formal hand-over of the Chairmanship of the G'77 from Fiji to Bolivia.

He said we here at UN Headquarters are well aware of Bolivia's deep commitment to this issue, and at every level, the delegation will work to both strengthen relationships within the Group, as well improve its positioning within the UN system..

“2014 is an important year for the United Nations, and it is an important year for the G77 and indeed for all member States of our United Nations. For this year, we need to work collectively to lay the groundwork for what it is to come in 2015. In short, the next twelve (12) months will determine whether or not we are able to deliver on the promises of 2015. Under Bolivia's watch, the G77 will have an important role to play in the activities and processes that will – as the saying goes – make or break our collective success.”

General Assembly President John Ashe recalled that he'd be convening a series of high-level events and thematic debates that he believes would contribute definitively to laying the groundwork for the post-2015 development agenda, whose overarching theme is the eradication of extreme poverty.

He noted that throughout the year, they would continue to set the stage for the post 2015 development agenda, explaining that in September, the Open-Ended Working Group would provide the Assembly with its recommendations on Sustainable Development Goals and the Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing would present its findings.

 ”There are also a number of other important events that will be taking place during the second part of the 68th session, which you as a group will need to be aware. These include: A high-level forum devoted to the implementation of the Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace, on the occasion of its adoption; The convening of special meetings of the Assembly and the Human rights Council during the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; Finalization of the modalities for the overall review by the General Assembly of the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society; Organization by the PGA of activities for the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, in conjunction with the President of ECOSOC and the bureau of the relevant committees of the Assembly?

General Assembly President John Ashe also pointed to a one-day special thematic debate at the highest political level possible, to give due consideration to the role of culture and sustainable development in the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda; and a meeting of the General Assembly, at the highest appropriate political level, centered on the review process devoted to the theme relating to the issue of poverty eradication.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration:  3’13″


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