Stories written by an IPS Correspondent

Mário Soares, a Rebel with a Cause – Freedom

Hardly a leader could reap so much respect, even from most relentless political rivals, both throughout his life and after his death on Jan 7 at the age of 92, like Portuguese Mário Soares.

A $40 Million Project to Upgrade UN Commissions in Asia & Africa

The UN’s Administrative and Budgetary Committee (Fifth Committee) has approved a $40 million project to retrofit the premises of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Bangkok, as part of the upgrades of UN Commission buildings, including the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in Addis Ababa.

Guterres Seeks G77 Leadership in UN Reforms

Addressing members of the Group of 77, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said development must be at the center of UN’s activities because it is a basic condition for peace and security while human rights can only be exercised in the context in which development takes place.

G77 Expresses “Deep Appreciation” to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The Group of 77 has expressed its “deepest appreciation” to outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “for his service and dedication to the United Nations over the past ten years.”

General Assembly Resolution Bypasses Right to Self-Determination

The Group of 77, joined by China, has expressed disappointment that a key principle has been omitted from a draft resolution on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, namely, the recognition of the inalienable right to self-determination of countries and peoples living under colonialism and foreign occupation.

Developing Nations Face Challenges Achieving Food Security

Some 795 million people worldwide do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life—and the vast majority of the world's hungry live in developing countries, where 12.9 percent of the population is undernourished, according to UN estimates.

G77 Encourages Paris Club to Consider Addis Ababa Action Agenda for Debt Management

The Group of 77 (G77) participated in a panel discussion encouraging members of the Paris Club to incorporate the Addis Ababa Action Agenda into their debt management practices.

G77 Reiterates Call for IMF Reforms & Equitable Voting Power

The Group of 77 joined by China have reiterated their call for the full implementation of the 2010 International Monetary Fund (IMF) Quota and Governance Reforms.

G77 Introduces 13 Draft Resolutions on the UN’s Development Agenda

The Group of 77 introduced 13 draft resolutions at the current sessions of the UN’s Economic and Financial Committee.The resolutions, introduced by the Thai delegate, covered a wide range of socio-economic issues on the UN agenda, including the protection of global climate for present and future generations of mankind and ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

COP-22: Developing Nations Seek Acceleration of Climate Action

Speaking on behalf of the Group of 77 and China, Manasvi Srisodapol, Special Representative of the chair of the Group of 77, told the joint closing plenary of the 22nd session of the Conference of Parties (COP-22) in Marrakech that the needs of the developing countries should be given the highest priority for two reasons: they bear the brunt of the increasing adverse effects of climate change, and they are also the least equipped to cope with this problem on their own.

G77 Congratulates UNIDO on Its 50th Anniversary

In a congratulatory message on its 50th anniversary, Ambassador Virachai Plasai, Permanent Representative of Thailand to the United Nations and chair of the Group of 77, singled out the achievements of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

G77 Expresses “Deep Concern” over ODA and FDI Declines in Africa

The Group of 77 has expressed “deep concern” that both Official Development Assistance (ODA) and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), which remain two of the major sources of development financing for Africa, have continued to decline over the years.

G77 Underlines Importance of ICTs in UN’s Post-2015 Development Agenda

With half of the world’s population-- or more than 3.5 billion people-- still offline, mostly in developing countries, the Group of 77 (G77) has underlined the key role to be played by information and communications technologies (ICTs) in advancing the UN’s post-2015 development agenda.

South-South Cooperation a Key to SDGs Success, Says G77

The Global South-South Development Expo 2016 (GSSD), which took place in Dubai, was one of the major international events showcasing some of the achievements and best practices of both South-South and Triangular Cooperation.

UN Extends Condolences on Passing of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand 

On the morning of 13 October 2016 members of the UN General Assembly observed a minute of silence in honour of Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand, who died earlier that day.

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