UN / GUTERRES ABBAS

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United Nations Secretary-general Antonio Guterres met Monday with the Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, ahead of a meeting of the “Group 77 and China” tomorrow, 15 January, when Palestine will take up the chairmanship of the Group. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 14 JANUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Exterior shot, UN Headquarters

14 JANUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Zoom out, Guterres and Abbas entering meeting room
3. Med shot, photo op
4. Zoom out, Abbas at the table
5. Zoom out, Guterres at the table

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United Nations Secretary-general Antonio Guterres met Monday with the Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, ahead of a meeting of the “Group 77 and China” tomorrow, 15 January, when Palestine will take up the chairmanship of the Group.


During the meeting, Guterres congratulated the State of Palestine for assuming the Chairmanship of the G77 and expressed his wishes for a successful year for the Group. He reiterated that the two-state solution is the only viable option to sustainable peace.

In October 2018, the UN General Assembly voted in favour of appointing Palestine head of the G77 and China, a move that will allow Palestine to act more like a full UN member state during meetings in 2019. The United States, Israel and Australia voted against the move.

The chairmanship, which is the highest political body within the organizational structure of the Group of 77, rotates on a regional basis between countries of Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean and is held for one year.

The Group of 77 is the largest intergovernmental organization of developing countries in the United Nations, which provides the means for the countries of the South to articulate and promote their collective economic interests and enhance their joint negotiating capacity on all major international economic issues within the United Nations system, and promote South-South cooperation for development.

The Group was established on 15 June 1964 by seventy-seven developing countries signatories of the “Joint Declaration of the Seventy-Seven Developing Countries” issued at the end of the first session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in Geneva. Although the members of the G-77 have increased to 134 countries, the original name was retained due to its historic significance.
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