NEW YORK: Foreign Secretary Riaz Mohammad Khan has expressed concern over the decline in the global official development assistance to developing countries and the stalemate in the Doha Round of trade. In his statement on behalf of the Group of 77 and China at the thirty first Annual Ministerial Meetings of the Group, here he emphasized on the need to overcome the technological gap by facilitating the process of transfer of technology from the developed to the developing countries.
The meeting, besides others, was also attended by Secretary General United Nations Mr. Ban ki moon. Pakistan presently is the Chairman of the Group of 77 which is comprised of 136 countries, the largest group of developing countries in the United Nations. “One of immediate challenges faced by the developing countries during 62nd Annual Session of the General Assembly,” the Foreign Secretary observed, “is the upcoming Financing for development meeting in Doha that would review the implementation of the commitment made on financing for development at the Monterrey in 2002.” He urged that the complex and daunting challenges that we face today call for redoubling of our efforts to highlight the inextricable linkages between peace and development and the central role which the United Nations can play in the advancing the broad development agenda, he added.
Enumerating on the various challenges facing the developed world Mr Riaz Mohammad Khan underlined the need for effective and full implementation of the goals and commitment made by the international community to advance global agenda. During its Chairmanship, the Foreign Secretary said, Pakistan has focused on promoting South-South Cooperation whose significance has enlarged exponentially. The South’s expanding role in global growth ,trade and investments , largely due to emerging dynamic economies , have opened up new opportunities as well as new challenges for developing countries. We need to make use of this potential optimally.
The Foreign Secretary thanked the members of the Group of 77 and China for demonstrating strong unity and solidarity which was instrumental in achieving results on such issues like restructuring in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, reforms of the UN internal justice system , Governance and Oversight reforms. The Group, he added, had also extended support to UN Secretary General’s reform proposal. The Foreign Secretary congratulated the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda which was elected the Chairman of Group of 77 for the year 2008 by acclamation during the Ministerial meeting.
The meeting was also addressed by Secretary General United Nations Mr. Ban ki moon, H.E Mr Ruben Ramirez, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Paraguay in his capacity as Chair of the Latin American and Caribbean Group for the month of September 2007, Mr Kemal Dervish, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, Mr. Winston Baldwin Spenser, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Antigua and Barbuda, Chairman of Group of 77 for the year 2008.
The Foreign Ministers, representing many developing countries greatly appreciated the important contributions made by Pakistan in promoting the interests of the developing world and maintaining the unity of Group 77 through some testing times, during the last year. A Declaration was also adopted by the meeting. The last Declaration was adopted in the year 2004. The Foreign Secretary later in the evening hosted a reception cum Iftar at Pakistan House which was attended by diplomats and eminent people from all walks of life.-SANA