Dec 1, 2021: Pakistan has been elected the next chair of the Group of 77, the largest intergovernmental group of developing countries in the United Nations.
The Foreign Office said in a statement that the development came during the 45th Ministerial Meeting of the Group of 77 and China, which was held in virtual format on Tuesday. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi addressed the meeting and thanked the 134 members of the G77 and China for showing confidence in Pakistan to lead the group in 2022.
He highlighted that the world is facing a threefold crisis: the pandemic and its aftermath, the Challenge of implementing the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development 2030; and the existential threat of climate catastrophe – which has had a disproportionate impact on developing countries.
He further said that a comprehensive and equitable recovery from the current crisis would be possible only if adequate resources, especially financial resources, were provided to developing countries to return to the path of sustainable economic growth.
FM Qureshi also stressed the need for developing countries to advance a “common development agenda” to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
He stressed that as the next head of the 77 Group and China, Pakistan would work with members of the group to advance a development agenda that includes debt restructuring.
The Group of 77, founded in 1964, is the largest intergovernmental group of developing countries in the United Nations. It provides the countries of the Global South with the means to articulate and promote their collective economic interests within the United Nations system.
According to the FO, Pakistan is a founding member of the group and has had the privilege of serving as its chair in New York on three previous occasions.
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