Handover of the Chairmanship of the G77 & China 2017, Rome chapter – 18 January 2017
The Rome Chapter of the G77 & China held its first plenary meeting of the year 2017 followed by the Handover of the Chairmanship. The ceremony was attended by the members of G77 & China and by the Representatives of the United Nations Agencies based in Rome: FAO, IFAD and WFP. Mr. Daniel Gustafson, Deputy Director General of FAO, on behalf of Mr. José Graziano Da Silva - Director General of FAO, thanked the Group for the constructive engagement and good spirit throughout the negotiations and all the remarkable work done and the complete availability of FAO for continuing to achieve good results.
At the end of his mandate, Dr. Md. Mafizur Rahman, Economic Counsellor of the Republic of Bangladesh, Chairperson of the G77 & China – Rome Chapter 2016, in his speech, he kept the spotlight on the efforts made by the Group in contributing for the implementation of SDGs and on some specific technical area, the several proposals and shared views raised during the Committees and Conferences held in 2016. He reaffirmed also the focus of the Group towards the achievement of the 17 SDGs with its 169 targets that may result difficult but not impossible within 2030. “For this ambitious Agenda 2030, the G77 & China is trying to reinforce its role through capacity development and contributing in the different fora of the RBAs keeping its political solidarity, integrity and in defending its priorities in order to eradicate hunger, achieve Food Security and nutrition and rural transformation”, he said.
Afterwards, Dr. Md. Mafizur Rahman handed over the Chairmanship to H.E. Elías Eljuri, Venezuelan Ambassador to FAO and incoming Chairperson of the G77 & China – Rome Chapter 2017.
The Ambassador of Venezuela to FAO, H.E. Elías Eljuri, highlighted how the government of Venezuela will remain committed to the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition, since 785 million people are still at a disadvantage in relation to the amount of food energy worldwide. He also reaffirmed that Venezuela remains committed to the common challenges of the global South.
H.E. Eljuri recalled the validity and pertinence of President Hugo Chávez Frías' speech on the presidency of the G77 + China in 2002, stating the following: “We talk about peace meanwhile innocent people is attack. We talk about development meanwhile millions are plunged into misery. I think it is time to speak without fear of the truths of the world, the pains of the world, and the wounds of the world, to seek their healing, which is what I am sure we all want.”
The Ambassador Eljuri, underlined that in this year of chairmanship, he would like to have a participative and inclusive mandate, where all regions: Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean should share their worries and interest; actions will be undertaken following these and listening to all members. The potential of the G77 + China, a group that concentrates almost all continents in one space, representing more than 70% of the world population and 72% of the population in Age of work. The G77 + China is a group of 134 developing countries that reaffirm their common purposes for the unity, solidarity, equity and self-determination of peoples.
The strengthening of actions could be in our hands, and in 2017 we will be working together FAO to allow the construction of a pluripolar and multicentric world, more just and more humane.
The official ceremony culminated in the exchange of certificates and the delivery of the plaque by the Venezuelan ambassador to the outgoing G77 + China President, Representative of Bangladesh, Mr. Mafizur Rahman.