HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING BY STEPHANE DUJARRIC,
SPOKESPERSON FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL ANTÓNIO GUTERRES
TUESDAY, 15 JANUARY 2019
SG G77 AND CHINA
That was at the handover of the G77. And the Secretary-General, in the ceremony of the handover of the Chairmanship of the Group of 77 and China, he noted the progress – including reaching agreement on the Work Programme to implement the Paris Agreement and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration – made with the G77 and China, led by Egypt in 2018.
On climate change, the Secretary-General said that the Group continued to make sure that resilience and adaptation remain high on the global climate agenda. He added that some of their largest economies are stepping in as leaders of climate action, filling the space left by others, reaping the rewards of a clean, green energy future.
The Secretary-General said he looks forward to continuing to work with the G77 and China this year under the historic leadership of the State of Palestine.
He stressed that 2019 will be a critical year for our common efforts to end poverty, reduce inequalities and transition to a more inclusive and sustainable economy.
The Secretary-General noted that multilateralism continues to come under intense pressure from many sides, and we cannot take the advances [we have made] for granted, underlining that we count on the continued engagement and support of the G77 and China.