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Damning Evidence of War Crimes in Gaza

Amnesty International (AI), one of the leading human rights organizations, has accused Israeli forces of continuing “to intensify their cataclysmic assault on the occupied Gaza Strip.”

Uganda: UN Experts Condemn Egregious anti-LGBT Legislation

A group of UN experts* on human rights has blasted the Government of Uganda for making homosexuality punishable by death. “It is an egregious violation of human rights, the experts said, urging Uganda’s president not to promulgate laws that take aim at and further criminalise people identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), and those who support and defend their human rights.

Chakravarthi Raghavan: A Relentless Advocate of the Global South Passes Away

Chakravarthi Raghavan, who passed away early this week, was a prolific writer and a distinguished journalist who covered the United Nations both in New York and Geneva for several decades. A proponent of development journalism, Raghavan’s voluminous reporting and writings were sharply focused on the global South. A longstanding reporter for Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency in Geneva, he was Editor of Third World Economics and representative of the Third World Network (TWN) in Geneva.

G77 Nairobi Chapter Underlines Importance of New Urban Agenda

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.

G77 Expresses Support for UN Peacekeeping Missions

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”.

G77 Calls for Stronger Coordination Battling Humanitarian Crises

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.

Developing Nations Reaffirm Support for New Urban Agenda

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.

2030 Agenda Most Relevant for Developing Nations

The Group of 77 has reiterated that the implementation of the 2030 Agenda is “the most relevant issue for developing countries.”

G77 Appeals for Conservation of Ocean’s Resources

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.

Climate Change –& its Intrinsic Linkage to Sustainable Development

The Group of 77 has reiterated the relevance and priority it attaches to climate change and its intrinsic linkage to sustainable development.

High Level Political Forum to Discuss Poverty Eradication

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.

Realization of SDGs Depends on Predictable Financial Flows

The realization of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly by developing nations, is dependent largely on “assured and predictable financial flows.”

Developing Nations Seek to Reduce Digital Divide

As the international community takes rapid strides in the world of high technology, there is a growing “digital divide” between developed and developing countries.

Developing Nations Call for Strengthening South-South Cooperation

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.

G77 in Key Role Drafting Treaty on Marine Resources

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).

Developing Nations Seek Access to Science, Technology & Innovation

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.

G77 Underlines Key Role for Digital Technology & Social Media

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.

Economic Growth Continues to be Thwarted by Lack of Infrastructure

The economic growth of developing countries continues to be thwarted by the lack of sustainable and resilient infrastructure.

UN’s 2030 Agenda Requires Revitalized Global Partnerships

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.

G77 Confident on New Treaty on Marine Resources

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).

UN the Only Universal Forum for International Tax Reforms

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.

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