United Nations chief calls for 'balance of power' in UNSC

Galtero Lara
Enero 13, 2018

Guterres was speaking at a ceremony at which Egypt took over the leadership of the G77 from Ecuador.

The G77 is a coalition of developing countries that works collectively on development and global economic issues.

The G77, established on June 15, 1964, now has 134 members including India and is the largest intergovernmental organisation of developing countries in the UN. "I believe the Group of 77 will be particularly attentive to the need to make sure that any reform gives effective contribution to a more balanced and democratic United Nations, where power is better distributed and justice can prevail more easily".

"And, of course the centre of that is the reform of the Security Council", he said.

The two largest economies of the G77 - China and India - are strongly committed to the leadership in climate action, said Guterres. "And it is clear to me that the biggest victims of climate change are members of the G77, namely African countries affected by drought or small island countries affected by the kind of hurricanes that we have seen or the rising levels of waters".

Guterres said that the G77 has been the "central pillar in the defence of multilateralism" when "these are not easy times for multilateralism".

He commended the G77's role in shaping the global debate on migration.

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He said he saw India and China "assuming the leadership in climate action to make sure that we don't suffer the dramatic and devastating impact of climate change", he added.

"But at the same time, of the largest economies of the world the two largest economies of the G77 are strongly committed to the leadership in climate action - and I refer to China and India", Guterres was quoted as saying by a United Nations statement.

Development and eradication of poverty will be a priority of the group, he said. Poverty remained the root cause of the bulk of the problems that the world was facing.

For this employment and the productive capacities of the developing countries have to increase and, in particular, development has to be labour intensive to provide jobs for the youth, Aboulatta said.

Another G77 priority is promoting the rights and role of women, he said.

The G77 has been an extremely constructive and positive partner in discussions that led to General Assembly resolutions in relation to United Nations reform, he said.

Guterres, the former UN High Commissioner for Refugees, once again made case for countries to step up routes to legal migration in his address to the UN General Assembly.

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