Development Cooperation Video Part 2

G77@ 50: The Future of the South's Multilateral Diplomacy

The formation of the G77, fifty years ago, marked an important milestone in building the capacity of the Global South both to deepen cooperation among southern countries in international affairs and to enhance the capacity of the South to influence global developments, especially in areas of economic diplomacy. The birth of the body in 1964 represented a key moment in the evolution of international diplomacy by former colonies, many of which were young and fragile, in that it was to provide a platform for them to impact on international affairs for their own good. Today, the G77 plays a crucial role in major international negotiations, especially within the UN and keeps the voice of developing countries prominent in these processes. But it is increasingly being challenged by the emergence of mini-multilateral institutions with a capacity to make quicker decisions and divergences within the Global South as time passes.

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