Opening Remarks of H.E. Ambassador Triyono Wibowo at the Opening of G-77 and China First Annual Course For Developing Country Negotiators Geneva, 19 November 2012

November 19, 2012 Economy, Development and Environment

Opening Remarks of

H.E. Ambassador Triyono Wibowo

Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations, WTO and other

International Organizations/

Chairman of the Group of 77 and China in Geneva

At the Opening of G-77 and China First Annual Course For Developing Country Negotiators

Geneva, 19 November 2012



Distinguished colleagues,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a pleasure for me to welcome you to this first annual course for negotiators of the Group of 77 and China in Geneva.  This course is conducted in pursuant to the Ministerial Meeting of the Group of 77 and China held on 21 April 2012 in Doha, Qatar.

As such, it also part of our collective preparations for some important events in the immediate future, including the 50th anniversary of the Group and the 50th anniversary of UNCTAD, both in 2014, as well as the preparations for the review of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015, and the articulation of a new global agenda for development that will represent the post-2015 development framework.

In that regard, let me extend my gratitude and appreciation to the resource persons, the Group Liaison, UNCTAD, UNITAR, South Center, as well as the participants that have made this important course possible.

For many of us this current situation evokes memories of the dawn of the global South, and the foundation that our forebears laid in Bandung Conference in 1955. The Conference eventually led to the establishment of the Non-Aligned Movement and later the Group of 77.  It was a time when the South was beginning to feel a sense of community, and it was a time when the South started to aware the power of its collective voice and subsequently of its collective action.

In the years that followed, the global South accomplished much including the establishment of UNCTAD.  Yet as the years passed, the global South began to lose some of its zeal and vigor. And as the world changed, the global South changed with it.  We are currently undertaking a necessary process of reflection on the nature of the global South today and its potential for tomorrow.

This collective process of looking towards the future underscored the important reality that no matter how the world may have changed, and no matter how individual member of the Group may have progressed and developed, what has continually characterized the global South is its unity, solidarity and commitment to the development of all.  What had not changed is the underlying solidarity of the global South and its commitment to the struggle for the weakest and most vulnerable among us.

It is the spirit of solidarity and strong commitment that will lead us to the achievement of our collective goals and aspirations for a more prosperous future.

We therefore need to strengthen the global South in our work here in Geneva.  Through this course, we seek to strengthen the important role of the Group of 77 and China in general and in particular, the Group of 77 and China in the Geneva Chapter. The first step is, among others, to institutionalize a mechanism for the transfer of skills, experience, and memory, from one generation to the next.  In other words, this course and the process it launches are intended to foster greater continuity in the Group.  We will also sought to provide participants with a solid background of the substantive issues they will address, as well as the benefit of learning from our veterans the lessons they have learned through their experiences.

This course does not represent of a singular event that we are going to have once a year, but rather a programme that is intended to stimulate and to inspire a new process of continuing education and skills refinement of our delegates. It is our hope and intention that this course will also generate follow-up mini-courses on specific issues and specific skills so as to keep our negotiators fully apprised of the latest developments in the field of development.

The ultimate result would be a capable, better trained, and better equipped team of negotiators to bring about a new and stronger of the global South. It is also our hope that there will be  a new generation of the South’s negotiators who share the skill and the spirit of the founding fathers of our global movement.

In this way, we would not only do our part for history, but more importantly we would be living up to our responsibility of making sure that we do all we can, seize every opportunity, and create impetus, to achieve our collective goals for a better, just and more prosperous world for our peoples. I wish all the very best for all participants.

Thank you very much for your attention.