South Africa Accepts the Nomination as Chair of the Group of
77 and China for the Year 2006
NEW YORK, 22 SEPTEMBER 2005 - South Africa,
today, accepted the nomination as Chair of the Group of 77 and China for the year
Speaking at the 29th Annual Ministerial Meeting of the Ministers
of Foreign Affairs of the Group of 77, the Permanent Representative of South Africa,
Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo accepted South Africa's nomination for the year 2006
and thanked, Jamaica, the current Chair of the G77 and China for promoting the
positions of developing countries in the 2005 High Level Summit negotiations.
Kumalo stated that, as Chair, South Africa will continue to "spare no effort
to actively pursue the needs and aspiration of developing countries to ensure
that we harness the opportunities for developing countries and enhance the momentum
arising out of the 2005 High Level Summit. South Africa will continue to reiterate
the importance of maintaining a balanced approach in addressing security and development.
The success in taking development forward will depend not only on political support
but also in making certain that there are adequate and reliable resources for
addressing the permanent threat posed by underdevelopment".
Kumalo concluded that "South Africa looks forward to carrying out the mandate
of the Group of 77 and China and to express and defend the collective positions
of the Member States so as to enable the Group of 77 and China to achieve its
development objectives and to create a better life for all".
information, please contact Zaheer Laher at (212) 692 2460
the Permanent Mission of South Africa to the United Nations