|Statement by Ambassador Li Baodong at the Handover Ceremony of the Chairmanship of the Group of 77 for 2012|
At the outset, let me welcome H.E. Mr. Mourad Medelci, Foreign Minister of Algeria at today's ceremony.
I wish to first pay tribute and express my heartfelt thanks to Argentina as last year's Chairman of the G77. Thanks to Argentina's able guidance over the past year, the G77 and China stood together and defended our common interest at the Fourth UN Conference on the LDCs and the Durban Climate Change Conference and during the preparatory process for Rio+20. We are highly appreciative of the dedication, courage, perseverance and outstanding leadership displayed by Ambassador Arguello and his team.
At the same time, I wish to congratulate and welcome Algeria as the Chairman of G77 for 2012. The new year is fraught with challenges and difficulties. With the world economic recovery still fragile, the developing countries have to grapple with multiple crises. The G77 and China faces the arduous task of promoting and implementing the international development agenda.
First, we must strive for the comprehensive implementation of the outcomes of UN summits in the field of development. Currently, the biggest problem facing international development efforts is lack of implementation. The developed countries are far from fulfilling their ODA commitments and the developing countries continue to face an uphill battle in realizing the MDGs on time. We should keep urging the developed countries to honor their commitments by increasing financial support, technological transfer and capacity building to the developing countries; and we should make means of implementation a core task for Rio+20 and push for an action-oriented, balanced and pragmatic outcome of the Conference.
Secondly, we must maintain the principles and framework for international development cooperation. UNCTAD 13, Rio+20, and Qatar Climate Change Conference will all be held this year. The quadrennial comprehensive policy review (QCPR) for UN operational activities for development will also be launched. We should urge the international community to comprehensively assess progress and gaps, carefully sum up lessons learned, firmly uphold the principle of "common but differentiated responsibilities", always place poverty eradication at the top of the international development agenda, promote the deepening of the reform of the international economic and financial system, and safeguard the important role of the United Nations in the global economic governance.
Thirdly, we must strengthen unity and self-reliance to achieve common development. Diversity is the wisdom of G77 and China. Unity and cooperation are our valuable traditions and strength. Whatever the vicissitudes of the international situation, the deep-rooted friendship among the developing countries and our shared faith remain unshakable. We should enhance South-South cooperation based on equality, mutual benefit and mutual trust in order to advance our common development; and we should strengthen coordination and cooperation in important multilateral negotiations. To defend the common interest of the developing countries, we must rise above differences and maintain unity as always. I am convinced that under the leadership of Algeria, the G77 and China will continue to leverage our collective strength and speak with a strong voice.
In the new year, China will, as in the past, strengthen coordination and cooperation with the G77 and fully support Ambassador Benmehidi in his work as the Chairman of the Group. The Chinese government will continue to contribute 40,000 US dollars to support the work of the office of the Chairman and the Secretariat of the G77.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.