The group's voice is needed for the pressing implementation of the 2030 Agenda and for the reform of the international financial architecture, Dennis Francis said.
UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Dennis Francis praised on Friday the Group of 77 (G77) plus China for supporting multilateralism.
At the annual ministerial meeting of the G77 plus China, held during the high-level week of the General Assembly in New York, Francis said that "at a time when multilateralism is being tested at every turn, the G77 countries plus China stand firmly behind the multilateral system."
Likewise he noted that during "this week we saw evidence of this with record participation by (UN) member states, especially from this group, and the adoption of four important political declarations."
According to the UNGA president, the world faces immense challenges, but retains the capacity to act. What is lacking is the will to act and the humility to listen and engage.
In this regard, Francis expressed the hope that the group will continue to be the standard bearer for multilateralism.
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At a time when multilateralism is being tested at every turn, the countries of the G77 continue to be resolute in their support of the multilateral system.
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The group's voice is needed for the pressing implementation of the 2030 Agenda and for the reform of the international financial architecture, Francis said.
The official said that the fact that the world is off course in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) affects developing countries more than any other group of nations and as such, the G77 members plus China have the most to lose.
Losing the battle to implement the SDGs would have immense socio-economic repercussions that would cut across all sectors, from health and education to maritime systems and the rule of law. Therefore, the G77 plus China has a responsibility to maintain high commitments and ambitions in terms of SDG implementation, Francis added.
"As a matter of principle, we can no longer tolerate unjust financial systems that are hampering progress and keeping developing countries trapped in a vicious cycle of debt and deprivation," he said.
The G77 plus China has been instrumental in elevating the discussion around the reform of international financial institutions and has always had the leading voice on the need to fully implement the sustainable development agenda, he said.
The G77 is a coalition of developing countries at the UN. Its name derives from the 77 founding members, but membership has grown significantly to more than 130.