UN / G77 PALESTINE

15-Jan-2019 00:03:05
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said his country was honoured to assume the chairmanship of the Group of 77 and China for 2019 adding that Palestine would undertake this “great responsibility” with “humility, commitment, and dedication.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 15 JANUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

15 JANUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Egyptian Foreign Minister greeting Palestinian President and handing over chairperson’s gavel
3. Zoom in, Palestinian President standing at dais with gavel amid clapping
4. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mahmoud Abbas, President, Palestine:
“I am honoured on behalf of the Palestinian people and the State of Palestine to assume the chairmanship of the Group of 77 and China for the year 2019. It is undoubtedly a great responsibility that Palestine will undertake with humility, commitment, dedication, and determination to uphold and defend the interests of the Group and to strengthen the positions of its members in the United Nations.”
5. Wide shot, Abbas addressing meeting
6. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mahmoud Abbas, President, Palestine:
“The establishment of peace and security in the Middle East will open the door wide to sustainable and stable development for all countries in the region based on international treaties and conventions. However, Israel’s continued occupation and colonization of the State of Palestine undermines development programmes, cooperation and coordination for all peoples in the region.”
7. Wide shot, dais
8. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I look forward to continuing to work closely with the G77 and China in 2019 under the historic leadership of the State of Palestine. Palestine and its citizens have first-hand experience of some of the most challenging and dramatic global issues we face. You are well-placed to take up the chairmanship of this important group of countries.”
9. Wide shot, Trusteeship Council
10. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“2019 will be a critical year for our common efforts to end poverty, reduce inequalities, and transition to more inclusive and sustainable economies. Climate action must be at the forefront, and G77 countries are on the front lines. If we do not put policies and commitments in place to launch a decade of climate action by 2020, it will be too late to avoid catastrophic climate change with unforeseeable consequences. Many G77 countries would be among the first and worst to suffer.”
11. Wide shot, Trusteeship Council
STORYLINE
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said his country was honoured to assume the chairmanship of the Group of 77 (G77) and China for 2019 adding that Palestine would undertake this “great responsibility” with “humility, commitment, and dedication.”

Speaking at the Handover ceremony in New York today (15 Jan), Abbas said Palestine would spare no effort, together with the Group’s members, to build on the G77’s achievements over the past 55 years.

The Palestinian President said the G77 constituted one of the strongest pillars for upholding the multilateral system and the rule of international law, especially as this system was being attacked. He said Palestine would strive to confront these attacks by strengthening the ties that unite the G77 and China and all its partners in the United Nations on the basis of respect for national sovereignty, supporting the 2030 sustainable development agenda, and the protection of the interests of developing countries and their just causes.

Abbas stressed that establishing peace and security in the Middle East would “open the door wide to sustainable and stable development for all countries in the region based on international treaties and conventions; however, Israel’s continued occupation and colonization of the State of Palestine undermines development programmes, cooperation and coordination for all peoples in the region.”

UN chief António Guterres said the Group of 77 and China demonstrated strong leadership throughout 2018 under the chairmanship of Egypt and proved once again to be a central force in demonstrating that multilateralism is the only way to address our shared challenges. He said he looked forward to continuing to work closely with the Group “under the historic leadership of the State of Palestine.” He added, “Palestine and its citizens have first-hand experience of some of the most challenging and dramatic global issues we face. You are well-placed to take up the chairmanship of this important group of countries.”

Guterres said the G77 continued to make sure that resilience and adaptation remain high on the global climate agenda, with its largest economies stepping in as leaders of climate action, filling the space left by others and reaping the rewards of a clean, green energy future. He said it also played a positive role in the negotiations that led to the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

The UN chief stressed that 2019 would be a “critical year for our common efforts to end poverty, reduce inequalities, and transition to more inclusive and sustainable economies.” He said, “Climate action must be at the forefront, and G77 countries are on the front lines. If we do not put policies and commitments in place to launch a decade of climate action by 2020, it will be too late to avoid catastrophic climate change with unforeseeable consequences. Many G77 countries would be among the first and worst to suffer.”

Back in October, the UN General Assembly voted to appoint Palestine head of the G77 and China, a move that would 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 global 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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