‘Fight for a world that works for all’ – Guterres urges G77 and China

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the G77 Summit in Havana, Cuba (Photo via UN)

(United Nations News) UN Secretary-General António Guterres appealed to leaders from the Group of 77 developing countries (G77) and China to “fight for a world that works for all”, in his address to their summit in Havana, Cuba, on Friday. 

“I count on your Group, who have long been champions of multilateralism, to step up, to use your power, and fight,” he said.

“Champion a system rooted in equality; champion a system ready to reverse the injustice and neglect of centuries; and champion a system that delivers for all humanity and not only for the privileged.”

Mr. Guterres noted that although these countries have lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty in recent decades, they are now facing myriad crises, with rising poverty and hunger, rocketing prices, soaring debt, and surging climate disasters.

“Global systems and frameworks have let you down,” he told leaders gathered in the Cuban capital.  “The conclusion is clear: the world is failing developing countries.”

He said change will require action at the national level to ensure good governance, mobilise resources and prioritise sustainable development. At the same time, this national ownership will have to be respected.

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