The Honourable Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Carl Greenidge at the G77 Meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers
On September 22, 2017, the Honourable Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Carl Greenidge made the following statement at the G77 Meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers:
It is an honour to address this meeting on the 50th anniversary of the Charter of Algiers. First of all, I would like to congratulate Ecuador and you Honourable (Guillaume Jean Sebastien) Long, for accepting leadership of this Group of countries which, despite its wide and diverse interests, in 1967 decided that negotiating with Partners as a bloc was more advantageous. I would also like to thank the Honourable Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand for also ably providing leadership of the Group last year.
Since our first meeting in 1967, we have come a very long way in coordinating our positions on matters of joint interest. This development is even more crucial as we embark on the implementation of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development. Guyana reaffirms its commitment to the implementation of the Agenda 2030 and commits to ending poverty and hunger and to fully achieving sustainable development in its three dimensions.
In this regard, we associate ourselves with the Outcome Document of the FfD forum, the Call for Action from the Ocean Conference and the Ministerial Declaration of the High-Level Political Forum, which took place during the 71st Session. We now fully endorse the Ministerial Declaration of this Forty-First Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Group of 77.
As an update to the colleagues, Guyana is putting in place the relevant policies to promote economic growth through investment and other strategies, including tax evasion and other illicit financial operations that bleed our country, so as to finance development for our people. We also acknowledge the assistance of the UN System agencies, particularly UNDP that has helped us to align our strategic plan and budget with SDG goals and targets.
We however join with the rest of G77 in asking our partners to honour commitments to providing ODA at the levels agreed at Monterrey and reiterated at Doha. We thank you Chair for your continued advocacy in this regard, as failure to acquire adequate financing will result in uneven development between and among countries and persistent poverty, which is against the very spirt of the 2030 Agenda.
As a Middle Income country we also continue to lobby for other means and measures of assessing readiness for ‘graduation’ from access to concessional and preferential financing. We welcome G77’s involvement in keeping this issue alive.
We realize that implementation of the 2030 Agenda and attainment of the SDGs can be daunting and we welcome the fact that the Quadrennial Policy Review of December 2016 has recognized that the UN System needs to reposition itself to provide meaningful assistance to countries. We however believe that the root of the problem is the funding mechanisms that drive the System and we ask for G77’s vigilance in ensuring that the operative sections of the QCPR receive adequate attention, as Reforms for the UN continue under its current administration.
We recognize the enormity of the task before you in this 72nd Session and so we thank you in advance for efforts that will be required to bring consensus, not only to this Group, but also with Partners. We pledge our continued support.