Mr. Wu Hongbo Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs

Group of 77 Workshop

Mr. Chairman,
Distinguished delegates,

Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this workshop. It is an honour for DESA to support the Group of 77 and China in organizing today’s discussions.

I praise the steps that you are taking to ensure that the Group of 77 and China is well prepared for the work of the Second Committee this year.

Since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development last year, you have accorded high priority to preparing the UN system for the task of follow-up and implementation. I believe this is an investment that will reap rich rewards in the implementation of the new agenda.

The leadership of the Group will be crucial in the second year of implementing the 2030 Agenda, and the other agreed commitments reached last year. The participation of many of your countries in the voluntary presentations at the High-level Political Forum this year was a strong demonstration of your commitment. This is the spirit needed to fully achieve sustainable development.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Our world is more complex than ever. Humanitarian crisis, global warming, large movement of refugees and migrants and other issues call for a more effective United Nations. The Second Committee’s broad agenda covers many of these aspects of sustainable development.  The resolutions by this Committee provide guidance to the UN system in support of collective action.

I would like to highlight four issues that require your special attention.

First, the 2016 QCPR resolution.  This resolution will levy the foundation for the longer term positioning of the UN development system.

The operational activities of the UN development system are an enabler for the 2030 Agenda. The successful negotiation of this year’s QCPR resolution will be critical.

Second, the large movement of refugees and migrants is changing both the countries of origin and the countries of destination. The reality of today’s migratory movements is complex and constantly changing, and no single country can meet these challenges on its own.  The September Summit will aim to find effective solutions through enhanced cooperation among UN Member States.

The Committee has to decide modalities for the conference on international migration to be held in 2018.  You will develop a roadmap this year that will shape the outcome of the conference in two years’ time.

Third, the issue of financing for development and macro-economic issues.  The need for greater global coordination on macro-economic issues is more urgent than ever.  This was also a message from the recent G-20 summit held in China.

I am delighted to mention that the Chair of G-77 also participated in this meeting.

I hope that the resolution under this cluster will send a strong message for more effective global action in spurring inclusive growth and jobs.

Fourth, you have a large set of issues under sustainable development.  I think all of these items and sub-items require special attention.  All these may be stand-alone resolutions, and are all interlinked with the SDGs.  I am confident that the Group of 77 and China will develop these drafts in an integrated manner.  Such guidance will also inspire the UN system to integrate its activities.

Mr. Chairman,
Distinguished delegates,

To conclude, I want to stress the importance of preserving the many gains you have made to date in improving the effectiveness of the intergovernmental dialogue on sustainable development.

At the same time, the new transformative shifts inherent in the 2030 Agenda make many new demands that we need to examine strategically. The aim should be to further improve the quality of intergovernmental dialogue on current and emerging issues.

Your role, and that of the Second Committee, in setting norms and standards and providing political guidance, is therefore a very critical one.

In undertaking theses important tasks, I hope you will also be able to preserve the culture of consensus building that pervades the work of your Group and the Second Committee.

Finally, I assure you of DESA’s unwavering support to your work.

Thank you.

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