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Statement by Ambassador Wang Min, Deputy Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations, at the Handover Ceremony of the Chairmanship of the Group of 77


Mr. Chairman,

At the outset, I would like to congratulate Argentina for assuming the chairmanship of the Group of 77. I am confident that in the new year, under the leadership of Argentina, the Group of 77 and China will maintain solidarity, further strengthen consultation and play a more important role in international affairs.

(Photograph: Michael Holewka)

I also wish to take this opportunity to extend my tribute to Yemen, Chairman of the Group of 77 for last year, and my thanks to Ambassador Al-Saidi and his colleagues for their outstanding work. In 2010, under the leadership of Yemen, the Group of 77 and China actively and deeply engaged in the High-level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on the Millennium Development Goals, the 16th Conference of Parties of the UNFCCC, and other UN high-level conferences and important international meetings, and pushed for positive results for the meetings and conferences. These efforts have preserved and promoted the overall interests of developing countries, and increased the leverage of developing countries in international affairs.

In 2011, the profound impact of the financial crisis is expected to linger, the world economic recovery will remain an uphill battle, and global issues such as climate change, energy security, food security and public health will continue to pose serious challenges to mankind. Developing countries, especially the LDCs, are still faced with the arduous tasks of growing the economy, eradicating poverty, achieving the MDGs, and tackling climate change. Developing countries need to further strengthen coordination and cooperation in international affairs, work together to cope with difficulties and challenges, and push for the international community to deliver on its consensus and commitments in the field of development.

The year 2011 will be a critical year for the preparation of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development. The Fourth UN Conference on the LDCs and the 17th Conference of Parties of the UNFCCC will also be held in2011. These meetings all bear on the important and immediate interests of developing countries. The Group of 77 and China should make preparations well in advance, strengthen coordination and consultation, make full use of the strength of synergy, steer and promote the global development agenda and climate change negotiations, maintain and enhance the leadership role of the United Nations in the field of development, and strengthen the inclusiveness, effectiveness and transparency of global governance.

China attaches great importance to the mechanism of cooperation between the Group of 77 and China. In the new year, China will, as always, continue to strengthen coordination and cooperation with the Group of 77 and render full support to the work of its Chairman. In this connection, the Chinese Government this year will continue to contribute US$40,000 to the Group of 77 to support the work of its Chairman's office and secretariat.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

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