Ban Ki-moon Emphasizes G77's Role in Achieving UN Goals

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Photo by: Mark Garten / UN

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the Group of 77 and China, a bloc representing more than 130 developing countries, to make their voice heard within the U.N. as the global organization works toward its goals of fighting poverty, tackling climate change and empowering women.

“The United Nations has a central role to play in seeing that it is done, and that it leads the way to prosperity and social justice for all. The voice of the G-77 and China must also be heard as we advance this agenda,” Ban said at a ceremony marking the handover of the G-77’s chairmanship from Yemen to Argentina.

The secretary-general called on the bloc to help sustain international momentum in fighting climate change and achieving the Millennium Development Goals by their 2015 deadline. He also urged the G-77 to support an upcoming U.N.-backed conference on least-developed countries to be held in Turkey in May.

“Indeed, the most vulnerable have a special claim on our attention. Not just because they face the greatest need, but because by investing in them - by ensuring jobs and food security and opportunity - we can make the greatest inroads against extreme poverty,” Ban said, while also stressing the importance of empowering women.

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