Pointing out the importance of the New Urban Agenda, the chairman of the G77 chapter in Nairobi, Ambassador Raza Bashir Tarar, High Commissioner of Pakistan to Kenya, said the Agenda is a framework that lays out how cities should be planned and managed to promote sustainable urbanization.
The Group of 77 reaffirmed its “strong belief that peacekeeping budgets must provide the necessary resources to enable the United Nations to fulfill its mandates”.
With the United Nations battling several humanitarian emergencies worldwide, the Group of 77 has called for stronger coordination of UN assistance to people caught up in the ongoing crises.
The Group of 77 has renewed its strong commitment to sustainable housing and urban development as envisaged in the New Urban Agenda adopted at the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016.
The Group of 77 has reiterated that the implementation of the 2030 Agenda is “the most relevant issue for developing countries.”
The Group of 77 has expressed its strong support for a "Call for Action," adopted at the end of the UN conference on Oceans in early June, which commits member states to move forward in their attempts to conserve and sustain the use of marine resources.
The Group of 77 has reiterated the relevance and priority it attaches to climate change and its intrinsic linkage to sustainable development.
The Group of 77 is calling for a “substantive outcome document” at the conclusion of the upcoming High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development scheduled to take place July 10-19.
The realization of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly by developing nations, is dependent largely on “assured and predictable financial flows.”
As the international community takes rapid strides in the world of high technology, there is a growing “digital divide” between developed and developing countries.
The time is now to work together to fight illicit financial flows, according to Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Guillaume Long.
Ecuador, which has long advocated for tax justice, has shed light on the issue at the United Nations. As Chairman of the Group of 77, Long highlighted the need to end the financial secrecy of tax havens and to create an intergovernmental body to help regulate taxation and financial flows.
The Group of 77 has reiterated that science, technology and innovation (STI) should be three key elements in helping implement sustainable development and moving towards the acquisition of knowledge for much-needed innovation in developing countries.
Underlining the key role to be played by digital technology in helping implement the UN’s 2030 development agenda, the Group of 77 has said it recognizes the importance of information and communications technologies (ICTs), including social media, and their positive potential to significantly amplify the UN’s messages to the widest possible audiences and to enhance greater interaction with the United Nations, in particular among the global youth population.
The economic growth of developing countries continues to be thwarted by the lack of sustainable and resilient infrastructure.
The Group of 77 has underlined the importance of increased financial resources and the transfer of technology to developing countries in order to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including the eradication of poverty and hunger by 2030.
The Group of 77 is taking an active role in the drafting of an international legally-binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ).
The Group of 77 has declared that the United Nations is the only universal forum that can openly discuss issues relating to international tax reforms.
The Group of 77 has reiterated the urgent need for strengthening South-South cooperation for the successful implementation of one of the UN’s key objectives targeted over the next 13 years: the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
The Group of 77, joined by China, has extended its strong support for a proposed new global compact on migrants.
The UN General Assembly, which approved the relevant resolution last month, will soon begin a preparatory process for inter-governmental negotiations for “a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration.”
The Group of 77 has strongly underlined the significance of marine genetic resources (MGRs) to the economies of developing nations.
Speaking on behalf of the Group of 77, joined by China, Luis Ona Garces of the Ecuadorean Mission to the UN told a meeting of the Preparatory Committee that the Group reaffirms the importance of access and benefit sharing of marine genetic resources and reiterates that the principle of common heritage of mankind must underpin the new regime governing MGRs of areas beyond national jurisdiction.
The Group of 77 has pointed out that the Ebola crisis of 2014-2015 proved that “no country is immune from a disease outbreak, no matter where it emerges”
The Group has argued that the world is now a big village, where the borders between countries are crossed by millions every day for different reasons-- a better life for some, a migration for others, all due to different factors, including climate change and the outbreak of fast-spreading diseases.