Leaders of developing countries meet in Bolivia for G77+China summit
The G77+China summit was held today at Bolivia, in the 50th anniversary of the high-level forum where developing countries call for a fairer new world economic order and continuity for the UN Millennium Development Goals.
“I thank you all for being here, as brothers, to build a different world order, one in which the peoples of the world can grow in peace and live well,” Bolivian President Evo Morales said in his opening remarks. During his speech, he also called for a deep transformation within the United Nations, including the elimination of the Security Council, arguing it no longer promotes peace.
"We need institutions that promote peace and peaceful coexistence. That's why the Security Council has to disappear," he said and pointed out the importance of strenghtening states' sovereignty without interference.
Morales also urged the emerging countries’ leaders to create institutions within G77 and referred to the creation of a “Decolonization and South-South Promotion Institute”.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in turn, called for human rights protection and pointed out its impact in sustainable development. “Countries cannot achieve sustainable development amid conflict and violation of human rights,” he said.
G77 should be engaged in the post–2015 global development agenda, Ban Ki-moon added. “If the world is to win over climate change, an international treaty with a legal obligation is a must,” he said.
Over a hundred delegations attended the Plenary Session of the summit, including several presidents, vice presidents and prime ministers of the emerging countries and China.