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Statement by Mr. Raymond Landveld,
21 October 2010 / 12:25

Statement by Mr. Raymond Landveld,
Counselor of the Permanent Mission of Suriname to the United Nations,
at the Thirty-Fourth Ministerial Meeting of the Group of 77 and China,
United Nations Headquarters, New York, New York, 28 September 2010.
Mr. Chairman,
Your Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen,
I take this opportunity to congratulate Argentina on its election as Chair of the Group of 77 and China for 2011, following the unanimous endorsement by the Group of Latin American and Caribbean member states in New York.  
This endorsement came not only because of the fact that Argentina will lead the Group of 77 and China in New York for the first time, but especially because of our confidence in Argentina’s capabilities in transmitting the position of the Group at forums in which development is currently being considered.
In this regard it is worth noting that Argentina is a founding member of the Group of 77 and as a strong promoter of South-South cooperation hosted in 1978 the United Nations Conference, which produced the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries, which is still essential today in respect to south-south and triangular cooperation.
The excellent statement delivered this morning by the President of Argentina H.E. Christina Fernández de Kirchner, reaffirms our confidence in Argentina’s capabilities in leading our group.
We also welcome Tajikistan as a new member to the Group.
Mr. Chairman,
The Republic of Suriname attaches great importance to South-South cooperation, as a complement but not a substitute to North-South cooperation, and has been actively involved in the General Assembly’s High Level Committee on South-South Cooperation of which it holds the position of Vice President, until 2012, represented by this speaker.
In this regard we look forward to the implementation of Decision 16/1 of this year’s session of the HLC entitled “Actions needed for the implementation of the Nairobi Outcome Document”, which calls upon the Secretary General, with support of the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation and in consultations with member states, to prepare a specific framework for consideration and approval by the HLC at an inter-sessional meeting in 2011, to implement the “Nairobi Outcome Document of the High Level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation”.  Furthermore the decision calls for an evaluation of the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation and the UN system as a whole, in regard to its capacity to implement the Nairobi Outcome Document, by the Joint Inspection Unit, whose report should feed into the specific framework, referred to earlier.
We look forward to the report of the JIU as well.
This decision is very timely and gives momentum to the UN system as a whole in taking on the new directions provided by the member states.
Mr. Chairman,
We express our gratitude to the Delegation of Yemen under the leadership and guidance of H.E. Ambassador Abdullah Alsaidi, Permanent Representative of Yemen to the United Nations, for your commendable leadership this year and currently during the high level meetings within the ongoing 65th Session.
In this regard we look forward to our continued cooperation and united stance on issues such as, UN reform, the role of the United Nations in sustainable development, the interrelated global crises, in particular financial and economic crises, food crises, poverty and the challenges posed by climate change, as well as other challenges, including communicable and non-communicable diseases.
Mr. Chairman,
We take this opportunity as well to express our gratitude to the Government of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya for its gracious offer to host the Third South Summit. We look forward to receiving details of that august gathering in the near future.
We are of the opinion that this summit should provide us a clear guidance on how to further our cooperation in regard to our sustainable development as developing nations, including on tackling the multiple global crises that we are undergoing currently. As part of these common strategies we expect as well that this summit will provide us clear common positions on our cooperation with industrialized nations in regard to our sustainable development and other global issues among which, peace and security and trade.  
Finally, Mr. Chairman,
Suriname pledges its full support to the Group and its commitment to actively participate in its activities and deliberations.
I thank you for your kind attention.