Fiji Chairs Annual G77 Senior Officials Meeting
Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Peter Thomson chaired the annual G77 Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) at the UN Headquarters in New York on 23 September 2013.
The SOM was a preparatory meeting for the annual G77 Foreign Ministerial Meeting, scheduled to be held on 26 September at the margins of the United Nations General Assembly.
The meeting adopted the Report of the Twenty-eighth Meeting of the Committee of Experts of the Perez-Guerrero Trust Fund for South-South Cooperation. It also took note of the outcomes of the G77 High-level Eminent Personalities of the South, which was held in Fiji in May this year.
The meeting further discussed the draft G77 Ministerial Declaration and recommended for its adoption by the Foreign Ministers when they meet later in the week.
One of the highlights of the SOM was the accession application of Kiribati as the 133th member of the Group of 77. The representative of China, as the current Chair of the Asia-Pacific Group in the UN informed the meeting that Kiribati has the full support of the Group. With the support of other regional groups, the meeting recommended the acceptance of Kiribati’s accession application as its newest member for formal endorsement by the Group’s Foreign Ministers at their meeting.