H.E. Mr. Jean Ping
President of the fifty-ninth session of the
UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY
ON THE OCCASION OF THE CEREMONY OF THE CHANGE OF
PRESIDENCY OF THE GROUP OF 77 AND CHINA
NEW YORK - 25 JANUARY 2005
Mr. President of the Group of 77 and China,
Mr. Minister for Foreign Affairs of Qatar,
Mr. Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme,
Mr. Executive Secretary,
Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am especially honoured to be present at this ceremony, in which, for
the first time, you have chosen to make the President of the General Assembly
of the United Nations a participant.
I would like to begin by congratulating you on your distinguished election
to the presidency of the Group of 77 and China.
I have no doubt that your rich experience will be an asset in advancing
the concerns of the Group. My best wishes for success go with you, as
you put into effect the priorities you have just outlined.
I would also like to pay tribute to Qatar, which, throughout its term
at the head of the Group, worked tirelessly to promote South-South cooperation
and equitable international trade relations as major factors in development
and in the battle against poverty.
I would like to call to mind the 2001 Doha Declaration adopted during
that cycle of international trade negotiations within the World Trade
Organization (WTO), the Doha High-level Forum on Trade and Investment
held on 5 December 2004, and the forthcoming South-South Summit to be
held in Doha in June 2005.
You take up your mandate at a turning point in the history of the United
Nations, which is engaged in a process of radical reform on which the
Heads of State and Government of its Member States will have to give their
views in the course of the High-level Plenary Meeting in September 2005.
As you know, on that occasion the issue will be to assess the implementation
of the Millennium Development Goals, to which your Group - our Group -
rightly attaches particular importance.
I am convinced that the Group of 77 and China will, under your enlightened
leadership and with the dynamic support of your secretariat, continue
to play an active role in the preparations for that important Meeting.
With that in mind, I wish to assure you that I stand ready to work in
close cooperation with you yourself, Mr. President, and with the Group
of 77 and China.
I thank you.
Session of the UN General Assembly