Guyana will serve as Chair of the Group of 77 countries for 2020.
The G77 is a United Nations based bloc of developing countries that was formed in 1964.
A release from the Foreign Affairs Ministry said that Guyana’s election follows a decision of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) earlier in 2019, to ensure that a regional candidate assumes the chairmanship in 2020 of the largest negotiating group of developing countries in the United Nations.
The release added that during its Chairmanship, which coincides with the United Nations seventy-fifth anniversary and Guyana’s 50th Republic jubilee, Guyana “is committed to endeavour to strengthen multilateralism for the benefit of all developing countries, including by presiding over global sustainable development and climate change negotiations, and efforts to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Organization.
Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Karen Cummings said Guyana will discharge the important responsibilities of the Chairmanship of the G77 and China with integrity, faithfulness to the principles and objectives of the Charter of the United Nations.
Dr. Cummings also noted her country’s resolve to use the opportunity to further the interests of all developing countries.
The duties of the Chairmanship will be discharged with the support of a range of bilateral partners and international organizations. Team members will be drawn from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, other Government Ministries and agencies and from the Guyanese diaspora.
Main activities of the Group take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Meanwhile, G77 Chapters are based in Geneva, Nairobi, Paris, Rome and Vienna, and the closely allied Intergovernmental Group of Twenty-Four on International Monetary Affairs and Development (G24) in Washington DC.
The official ceremony for the handover of the G77 Chairmanship from the State of Palestine — which served in the capacity in 2019 — to Guyana will be held on January 15 at UN Headquarters in New York.
Guyana’s election as G77 Chair has been hailed as a timely and fitting tribute to all Guyanese with recognition of the good standing and capacity of the country to effectively undertake responsibilities at the highest levels of the international community.