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Jamaica will hand over chairmanship of the Group of 77 & China (G-77 & China) to South Africa during an official ceremony at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York City on Thursday, January 12.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, K.D. Knight will hand over the Instrument of Authority, signaling the change of chairmanship, to Dr. Nkosazana C. Dlamini Zuma, Minister of Foreign Affairs of South Africa, during the ceremony, which begins at 10:00 a.m.
South Africa’s candidacy for the chairmanship of the Group was ratified during last September’s sitting of the General Assembly of the UN in New York.
When Jamaica assumed the Chair from Qatar last year January, Minister Knight said then that he was aware of the tremendous responsibility that came with the office and that attention would be placed on increasing the flow of resources to developing countries as well as improving global governance, enhancing South/South co-operation and disaster management and relief and the formulation of a development agenda.
The high level ceremony and meeting will be addressed by UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan; the Swedish Ambassador and newly appointed President of the 60th session of the UN General Assembly, Jan Eliasson, and the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Kemal Dervis.
Formed in 1964, the G-77 & China bloc is the main voice of developing countries on matters of economic and social issues in the UN system.