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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.