South Africa to Assume Chairpersonship of G-77

Washington - South African Foreign Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will on Thursday, 12 January 2006, visit the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York, United States of America to assume the Chairpersonship of the Group of 77 (G-77) on behalf of South Africa.

The Group of 77 (G-77) is the largest coalition of developing countries in the United Nations, which provides the means for the countries of the South to articulate and promote its collective economic interests and enhances its joint negotiating capacity on all major international economic and development issues in the United Nations system, promote South-South co-operation and strengthen economic and technical co-operation among developing countries themselves.

It would be a high priority of the South African chairpersonship to maintain the effectiveness of the G77. South Africa will during its tenure as Chair of the G-77 be committed to enhancing the position of the Group as a constructive and responsible partner in promoting North-South relations in support of the development agenda of the South.

Additionally, the importance for developing countries of the need to co-ordinate common positions among themselves on global issues is increasingly being recognised.

Priority issues of the G-77 remain, to ensure:

  • that the development challenges of Africa and other vulnerable groups of countries are addressed;
  • the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs);
  • progress with the broader development agenda of the South;
  • the full implementation of all major UN conferences and summits, in particular the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation, the Monterrey Consensus and the World Conference against Racism;
  • improvements in global economic and financial governance; and
  • the building and strengthening of scientific and technological capacities of developing countries.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853

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11 January 2006

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