Understanding the Functioning of G77+China Alliance as Uganda Takes the Helm – The Ankole Times

Understanding the Functioning of G77+China Alliance as Uganda Takes the Helm

Thursday, January 25, 2024

The G77+China alliance operates through a secretariat located in the UN building in New York, providing support to the chairing country, currently Uganda. The secretariat facilitates member state gatherings and encourages creative approaches to addressing issues. Uganda recently assumed the one-year rotational chairmanship, receiving a comprehensive to-do list outlined in the 156-point Outcome Document adopted at the Speke Resort Convention Center.

President Museveni took over the chairmanship from Cuban Vice President Salvador Valdés during the Third South-South Summit. The South-South Cooperation, recognized as a negotiating bloc at the UN, plays a central role in the alliance. G77+China, formed in 1964, includes 135 countries, with China having observer status.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres praised the alliance as an “engine for South-South cooperation,” representing 80% of the world’s population. The Outcome Document addresses current global challenges and outlines an action-oriented agenda for the next year under Uganda’s chairmanship.

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During the summit, G77+China member states emphasized support for the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination. The alliance urged the UN Security Council to take serious efforts to end the Israeli occupation. President Museveni highlighted the complexity of the alliance but stressed the potential achievements through collaboration.

The Outcome Document serves as an action-oriented blueprint, covering issues like the US sanctions against Cuba, the SDGs financing gap, and the need for international financial architecture reform. The alliance calls for urgent changes to enhance the effectiveness of international financial institutions and address the SDGs’ financing challenges.

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