NEW YORK (our reporter):- The Group of 77 countries (G-77) believes that a renewed commitment to multilateral-ism, international solidarity and cooperation is required in order to overcome the challenges facing the world today.

The Ambassador Munir Akram, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN addressed on behalf of G77 & China for Informal Briefing on ‘Our Common Agenda’, here on Thursday.

On the Summit of the Future, the Group has already expressed its position during the informal consultations held on 28 July 2022. However, he said that the way forward for the Summit must be a detailed inter-governmentally negotiated modalities resolution which encompasses the format, date, timeline, participation, scope and objectives, ‘tracks’, preparatory processes or events, and outcome document of the Summit.

On the Declaratino of Future Generation, He said that Group-77 believes that the majority of future generations will be born in the global South. Hence, the Declaration must incorporate the needs, priorities and aspirations of developing countries, he said.

The permanent representative said that the world today is the harbinger of the future, therefore, achieving intra-generational equity is the only possible path towards inter-generational equity.

The 2030 Agenda and its implementation is our agreed road map for safeguarding the interests of both current and future generations, he said.

The Declaration on Future Generations should provide guidance to ‘turbo-charge’ the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in an inclusive and equitable manner. Its focus should be on implementation of existing commitments, Akram said.

The Envoy said that this is only possible through the provision of adequate, predictable and sustainable means of implementation, including access to concessional finance, technology transfer on concessional and preferential terms and capacity building for developing countries.

Therefore, the Declaration on future Generation should provide guidance on how these means of implementation could be ensured, he said.

He said that the Declaration must consider all three dimensions of sustainable development, economic, social and environmental, in a balanced manner. It must reaffirm our commitment to the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, he further said.

The elimination of unilateral economic, financial, or trade measures not in accordance with international law and the Charter of the United Nations that impede the full achievement of economic and social development, particularly in developing countries, is also essential, Akram said.

The Group believes that in order to overcome the challenges facing our world today, a renewed commitment to multilateralism, international solidarity and cooperation is required, he further highlighted.

Akram said that the international community needs to recognize the UN’s pivotal role in supporting countries to tackle present and future problems and the challenges facing humanity and arriving at their solutions.

In the Group’s view, effective implementation of the United Nations Charter is required to promote adherence to international law, and advance the mutually reinforcing objectives of human rights, development and peace and security, the Envoy said.

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