Bolivia takes over chairmanship of G77 and China

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Foreign Minister RatuInoke Kubuabola (right) of Fiji hands over chairmanship of the “Group of 77 and China” to Bolivian President Evo Morales. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueira

President Evo Morales of Bolivia on Wednesday called on developing countries, also known as the South, to work together to promote development and improve people's lives.

President Morales spoke at an event at UN headquarters where Fiji handed over the chairmanship of the Group of 77 also known as the G77 to Bolivia.

He said states need to adopt policies that make basic services universal for all, fight poverty and broaden democracy.

"The South clearly has economic growth with very significant sources of wealth in natural resources, knowledge and technology, abilities, cultures and a great diversity of nations and people. And in that context, the G77 plus China is one of the main actors to bring about change at this historical time."

President Morales called for what he called an integrated and holistic development model which he said means changing priorities  from the generation of wealth to meeting human needs.

Dianne Penn, United Nations

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