“G77 + China @ 50: South Africa/Africa and the changing multilateral diplomacy of the South”

The formation of the G77 (today known as G77+China) in June 1964 marked an important milestone in building the capacity of the Global South both to deepen cooperation among southern countries in international affairs and to enhance the capacity of the South to influence global developments, especially in areas of economic diplomacy. It provided a platform for young and fragile countries, coming out of colonial rule, to impact international affairs for their own good. Thirty-two African states signed the Joint Declaration of the Seventy-Seven Countries, which gave birth to the G77+China. Since then, African countries have increased in number and activism within the G77+China, playing an active role in coordinating common negotiating positions and hosting key meetings. During its presidency of the group in 2006, South Africa worked towards strengthening the cohesion of the group and enhancing its effectiveness in promoting and defending the collective positions of the South.

Today, the size and diversity of the G77+China’s membership, the complex consensus-building processes and the growth of smaller and more agile south multilateral organisations present a challenge for the body’s agency. It is therefore important to use the celebration of the golden jubilee to revisit the agenda, role and significance of the G77+China in a changing world, as well as to reflect on the role of Africa and South Africa in the group.
Speakers include:

Honourable Luwellyn Landers (Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, South Africa)
H.E. Ms. Susana Caputi (Honorary Consul of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Chair of G77+China)
Ambassador Nozipho Mxakato-Diseko (Deputy Director-General: Multilateral, DIRCO)
Roberto Bissio (Coordinator, Social Watch International Secretariat, Uruguay)
Ambassador George Nene (Former Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations in Geneva)
Ambassador James Jonah (Former UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs)
Ambassador John Tesha (Executive Secretary, Africa Forum)
Ambassador David K. A. Kikaya (Former Permanent Representative of Kenya to UN-Habitat)

Friday, 25 July 2014
Burgers Park Hotel, Pretoria
09:00 for 09:30 until 16:00

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