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Secretary-General António Guterres congratulated Guyana as it assumed the Presidency of the of the Group of 77 and China (G77) and said 2019 “was a crucial year for the Organization, and the Group of 77 was central to securing a good outcome for the United Nations in many important negotiations.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 15 JANUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

15 JANUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, conference room
3. Wide shot, dais
4. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“It was a crucial year for the Organization, and the Group of 77 was central to securing a good outcome for the United Nations in many important negotiations.”
5. Pan left, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“On challenge after challenge, the G-77 has played a pivotal role in shaping priorities and driving change. I am deeply grateful, in particular, for your support for the first annual budget and the ongoing reform efforts.”
7. Pan right, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“And the G-77 was vital in 2019 to finding solutions that will enable us to reduce our debt to troop contributing countries. As a matter of fact, the effects are already being felt but they are short term. You were also supportive of the level of regular budget resources that we requested for 2020. I am most grateful and trust that I can count on you in 2020 to help the Organisation find a more sustainable solution to the cash crisis to the benefits of the people we serve.”
9. Wide shot, dais
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad al-Maliki, Foreign Affairs Minister, State of Palestine:
“The State of Palestine may have not been the obvious choice, but we hope that, as this chairmanship concludes, the Group feels it was the right choice. Many saw in this choice an expression of solidarity with the Palestinian people, but we believe it is also a reflection of your confidence in the ability of the State of Palestine to deliver on the mandate it was entrusted with, mainly representing a group that champions multilateralism, is the standard bearer of developing countries, and remains the guardian of the pledge to leave no one behind.”
11. Wide shot, al-Maliki and ambassador Riyad Mansour present commemorative plate
12. Pan right, conference room
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Moses Nagamootoo, Prime Minister, Guyana:
“We must work to ensure that our credibility is never open to question. Our group is focused when we have clear and common objectives. G-77 is focused when we demonstrate leadership on issues of global importance. While our working methods and approaches have served us well, we must continue to review, renew, and revitalize our modalities of work.”
14. Wide shot, al-Maliki and Nagamootoo shake hands
15. Wide shot, conference room, applause

STORYLINE:

Secretary-General António Guterres today (15 Jan) congratulated Guyana as it assumed the Presidency of the of the Group of 77 and China (G77) and said 2019 “was a crucial year for the Organization, and the Group of 77 was central to securing a good outcome for the United Nations in many important negotiations.”

The Secretary-General, speaking at the handover ceremony, thanked Palestine for their work chairing the Group during the past year and said, “on challenge after challenge, the G-77 has played a pivotal role in shaping priorities and driving change” and added that he was “deeply grateful,” in particular, for the Group’s support “for the first annual budget and the ongoing reform efforts.”

Guterres said the G-77 “was vital in 2019 to finding solutions that will enable us to reduce our debt to troop contributing countries” as well as “supportive of the level of regular budget resources that we requested for 2020.”

He said, “I am most grateful and trust that I can count on you in 2020 to help the Organisation find a more sustainable solution to the cash crisis to the benefits of the people we serve.”

Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyad al-Maliki, acknowledged that “the State of Palestine may have not been the obvious choice,” but said, “we hope that, as this chairmanship concludes, the Group feels it was the right choice.”

He said the choice was “a reflection of your confidence in the ability of the State of Palestine to deliver on the mandate it was entrusted with, mainly representing a group that champions multilateralism, is the standard bearer of developing countries, and remains the guardian of the pledge to leave no one behind.”

The Prime Minister of Guyana, Moses Nagamootoo, said, “we must work to ensure that our credibility is never open to question. Our group is focused when we have clear and common objectives. G-77 is focused when we demonstrate leadership on issues of global importance. While our working methods and approaches have served us well, we must continue to review, renew, and revitalize our modalities of work.”

The G-77 was established on 15 June 1964 by seventy-seven developing countries signatories 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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