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PM Bainimarama Speaks at the Opening of the G77 Panel of Eminent Personalities of the South

Bula vinaka and a very good morning to you all.

1.  In my capacity as Chair of the Group of 77 (G77), it gives me great pleasure and honour to welcome each of you to thisbrainstorming session of the High-level Panel of Eminent Personalities of the South. We are meeting to discuss the Development Platform for the South.

2.  Allow me to convey to you, on behalf of the Government and the people of Fiji, our deep appreciation for taking the time out of your very busy schedules to join us in this important meeting here in the beautiful natural surroundings of Natadola.

3.  This demonstrates your keen interest and commitment to the promotion of South-South cooperation. I am confident that your wealth of experience and your wisdom will be of immense benefit to our meeting and to the South as a whole.

4.  This meeting aims to pursue the Group of 77’s South Summit mandates, in order to address the relevant development challenges of the South, taking into account the evolving realities and hardships facing the developing world. Through our discussions, we will reflect on the future landscape of South-South cooperation and recommend action-oriented decisions that will contribute significantly to the Development Platform for the South.

5.  As we prepare for the celebration of the Fiftieth anniversary of the Group’s creation next year, the Group of 77 must continue to take the lead in the transforming landscape of South-South cooperation by updating the South Development Platform. Our efforts should aim to enhance the solidarity of the Group of 77 in order to improve the development efforts of southern countries. We must work together to strengthen the role of the Group of 77 and reshape the architecture of the UN development system in support of our aims.

6.  We must also bolster our efforts to make the importance of South-South cooperation clear to our people. This means that we must promote wide public awareness campaigns about its benefits for the developing world through the full use of modern information technologies. Mass media, including social media, has an important role to play and we should encourage its use as widely as possible.

7.  Let me add that the outcome of our meeting this week will be included in the upcoming G77 Ministerial meeting to be held in New York in September and will be fully integrated in the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Group of 77, as well as the preparations of the Third South Summit in 2014.

8.  I wish you success in your deliberations.

Vinaka vakalevu. Thank you.

Fiji PM Bainimarama Calls for Developing Countries to be Given Increased Voice in Global Economic Governance

In his capacity as Chair of the Group of 77 and China, Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, today attended theSpecial High Level Meeting of the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in New York.

Together with the Bretton Woods Institutions, the World Trade Organization, and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the meeting is centered on the theme “Coherence, Coordination and Cooperation in the Context of Financing for Development and the Post-2015 Development Agenda,”

With the attendance of Ministers of Finance, Development and Cooperation and Governors of Central Banks from around the globe, the meeting’s format includes inter-active panel discussions and debates on the world economic situation and financing for development in the context of sustainable development and the post-2015 development framework.

Before addressing the High Level Meeting on behalf of the G77 and China, the Prime Minister met the Secretary-General of the United Nations, H.E. Mr Ban Ki-moon and the President of ECOSOC, Ambassador Nestor Osorio of Colombia.

In his address, Prime Minister Bainimarama noted that the world economy is still struggling to recover five years on from the global financial crisis, while the global financial and monetary systems still need major reform in order to be “effective, transparent and legitimate.” He added that international financial structures must reflect today’s realities and give “developing countries an increased voice in economic governance.”

The Prime Minister also delivered a statement at a working luncheon today in his capacity as Chair of the G77 and China. The luncheon was hosted by the President of ECOSOC which also saw the attendance of the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr Jan Eliasson. In his address, Prime Minister Bainimarama said that in order to achieve the theme of the meeting, development partners must maintain a strong cooperative platform between them.


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