Group of 77 is the largest block of developing countries in the UN with more than 130 members. Election of Sri Lanka to head the Group reflects the strong confidence placed by the members of the Group in Sri Lanka’s role in maintaining a constructive dialogue with international partners to further the cause of the South. It also bears testimony to policy priorities of Sri Lanka under the Mahinda Chintana vision, which underscores the country’s stewardship on issues of global importance for the developing world. Minister of External Affairs Prof G L Peiris emphasized the importance attached to the Group of 77 by Sri Lanka highlighting that the Group has an important role to play in addressing crucial challenges that affect the developing countries ranging from economic and social development, global financial issues, climate change and sustainable development.
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