Senior UN officials urge ‘Group of 77’ nations to work collectively on anti-poverty goals
At a ceremony at the United Nations Headquarters on 8 January where Fiji handed over the chairmanship of the ‘Group of 77 and China’ to Bolivia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and General Assembly President John Ashe urged the bloc of developing countries to work collectively towards reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the 2015 deadline. Mr. Ashe noted the importance of the forum’s members working together with the available tools to eradicate poverty, improve social and economic well-being and lay the foundations for a sustainable future. The Group, established in 1964 by 77 States, now includes more than 130 countries, some two-thirds of the UN membership, and over 60 per cent of the world’s population.

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