|Statement by H.E. Mr. Ma Zhaoxu, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China, at the 36th Annual Meeting of Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Group of 77|
(photo: Xinhua New Agency, by Fang Zhe)
Ladies and gentlemen,
It gives me great pleasure to attend the 36th annual ministerial meeting of the Group of 77. Over the past year, the G77 and China has worked effectively in safeguarding the common interests of developing countries and advancing South-South cooperation. Here, I'd like to pay special tribute to Algeria for its important contribution as the chair of G77, and congratulate Fiji on its assumption of the Chairmanship for 2013.
In the current multi-polar world with deep going economic globalization, peace, development and cooperation remain the trend of the times. Development in many developing countries is picking up speed. A group of fast-growing developing countries have become important new force on the world stage. Faced by such global challenges as climate change, food and energy security and terrorism, countries have found their interests more closely linked and therefore are showing greater political will to enhance international cooperation to achieve sustainable development.
At the same time, we have also seen growing uncertainties in the international situation. The consequences of the world financial crisis linger on; international and regional hot spots keep propping up; and the unjust and irrational international political and economic order continues to affect and constrain world peace and development. International development efforts are severely under funded; ODA keeps dropping; and there is a lack of coordination among development cooperation mechanisms; the environment for development for many developing countries further deteriorates. Confronted with the urgent and difficult tasks of promoting development, eradicating poverty and improving people's livelihood, the developing countries find it very difficult to obtain the MDGs by 2015.
Against such a backdrop, it is all the more important for the Group of 77 to enhance solidarity and coordination and to advance South-South cooperation in safeguarding and advancing the rights and interests of developing countries. In this connection, I would like to propose the following:
First, we must work together to maintain world peace and security. The developing countries constitute the majori