Group of 77 and China marks 50th anniversary in Bolivia

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrives in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

A bloc of developing countries in the United Nations known as the Group of 77 (G77) and China is observing its 50th anniversary in Bolivia on Saturday.

The Group of 77 is a forum where these nations can articulate and promote their collective economic interests and enhance their negotiating capacity on all major international economic issues within the UN system.

The UN Secretary-General arrived in the South American nation on Friday where he is expected to address the plenary of the Summit.

Farhan Haq is the UN Deputy Spokesperson.

"Upon arrival at Viru Viru airport, the Secretary-General told journalists that he was pleased to be in Bolivia to attend the 50th anniversary summit of the Group of 77 and China. He noted that this summit comes at a time when the Member States are focusing on three important issues: the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals, the finalization of the post-2015 development agenda and a meaningful global climate agreement. He said that a strong partnership between the G77 and China, and the rest of the UN Member States is needed to achieve these ends."

Earlier, Mr Ban Ki-moon joined President Evo Morales on a visit to the Santa Rita community near Santa Cruz.

Mr Ban also visited a significant historic and cultural site, the Pompe Grande in the Andes.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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