China and developing nations have an important role in attaining development targets even beyond the Millennium Development Goals, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed Thursday, Sept. 23.
Ban addressed the so-called Group of 77 — a bloc of developing nations — and China during the group’s annual ministerial meeting held on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.
The G-77 was established in 1964 by 77 states and now counts more than 130 countries, some two-thirds of the U.N. membership and at least 60 percent of the world’s population.
Ban said he is counting on the G-77 and China to help the world move on meeting the MDGs by 2015 and to plan beyond it toward the “ultimate goal of a world free of poverty.”
Among the host of challenges facing the world, Ban highlighted the problems confronting young people. He said their lack of opportunities can lead to frustration and unrest, but their anxiety can also be channeled into “a force of positive change.” He called on the leaders of the G-77 to respond to the aspirations of the youth.
Meanwhile, General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser noted the emerging nations that are part of the G-77 have displayed resilient growth during the global financial crisis. This, he said, has kept the world’s economy from slumping into recession. However, a large number of G-77 countries are also considered the most vulnerable.
“And you continue to remind us of something fundamental: that there can be no sustainable peace without sustainable development and global prosperity,” Al-Nasser addressed the leaders who attended the meeting. He also sought strong collaboration and consensus-building among them.
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