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António Guterres (UN Secretary-General) on the Forty-Fourth Annual Meeting of Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Group of 77
12 Nov 2020 -  Opening remarks by António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations on the Forty-Fourth Annual Meeting of Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Group of 77.
" (...) I am now embarking on a process of deep reflection on how we can best advance our common agenda and respond to current and future challenges, as the General Assembly requested in its Declaration on our 75th Anniversary.
I look forward to engaging with the G77 and China on how we can reinvigorate multilateralism, so that it can deliver on critical global public goods while enabling us to prepare for the threats and opportunities of the future.
Three years ago, we embarked on reforms of the peace and security pillar, the development system and the management of our Organization in 2017 – thanks in large part to the strong support of the G77 and China.
A new generation of UN Country Teams and Resident Coordinators are now working hand in hand with your governments in full respect for the principle of national ownership to support the response and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The peace and security reforms have enabled us to implement comprehensive regional strategies, leading to greater alignment with regional and subregional organizations and other stakeholders. The partnership between the African Union and the UN is an extremely relevant example of this common effort.
Management reform has brought substantial changes in structures, accountability, delegation and our internal operations. These have been critical to sustain the business continuity of our global operations during the pandemic.
The reforms enabled us to adapt international policies and procedures and internal action quickly as circumstances changed, and helped to ensure dedicated capacities were ready to focus on key areas.
I thank you for your work to lead the reform agenda, and your contributions to the policy review of UN operational activities that is currently underway. I count on your continued support, including to consolidate the new Resident Coordinator system as the General Assembly takes stock next year, so that together we can accelerate and scale action towards the 2030 Agenda. I also count on your support so that the annual budget reforms can be implemented without disruption during the three-year trial period.
Unfortunately, our liquidity crisis continues to hamper our ability to fulfil our obligations to the people we serve. The United Nations can only deliver on its mandates if Member States meet their financial obligations in full and on time. I count for the continued strong support of the G77 and China to help solve this crisis.
I also acknowledge the consistent support of the Group for the Organization’s budget proposals. For the 2021 budget, I trust that Member States will adopt a reasonable level as any major cuts will mean cuts in our activities or operations and particularly to the detriment of the developing world. And I hope Member States will be able to adopt the budget as early as possible to avoid disrupting our operations on 1 January.
The G77 and China has always been on the frontlines of multilateralism, and is foundational of a strong United Nations, fit for the future.
Together, let us recover from this pandemic and make the next ten years a Decade of Action, ambition, transformation and peace.
I look forward to working in close partnership with the G77 and China to build new hope and to galvanize progress in justice. Thank you" [excerpt] - António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations.